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Strongwater Further Empowered to Defend Innocent
(Article, Atlanta Jewish Times, November 4, 2011)
As a kid, Emily Strongwater “loved and looked up to” Leeza Cherniak, a renowned and respected criminal defense attorney who, before her untimely passing in 2007 at age 43, practiced with Strongwater’s father, Jay. Click here to go to full article.

Flurry of Appeals Linked to DNA Law
(Article, The Tuscaloosa News, August 1, 2010)
Armand Joseph Jackson has been behind bars for the past 28 years. Tests on a pair of stockings could set him free. Click here to go to full article.

DNA Requests Made on Capital Murder Cases as Alabama Deadline Looms
(Article, The Birmingham News, July 31, 2010)
Lawyers in three states asked Alabama courts Friday to order DNA tests in dozens of capital convictions in which inmates with sentences of death or serving life without parole are seeking exoneration. Click here to go to full article.

Group Seeks DNA Testing in Two Huntsville Capital Murder Convictions
(Article, The Huntsville Times, July 31, 2010)
A Georgia-based advocacy group is requesting that DNA testing be done in connection with two Madison County murder cases where the defendant was convicted and received a life sentence. Click here to go to full article.

Inmates Ask for DNA Testing to Prove Their Innocence
(Article, Mobile Press-Register, July 31, 2010)
More than a dozen Alabama inmates convicted of capital murder -- including two in Mobile County -- are asking for forensic DNA testing of evidence that could prove their innocence, attorneys said this week. Click here to go to full article.

A Life Restored After Prison
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15, 2009)
Leaning into a curve on a Georgia mountain highway, tearing through the wind like a bullet, Calvin Johnson can forget about the shackles that he wore. Click here to go to full article.

Perdue Approves $500K for Wrongly Convicted Man
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 6, 2009)
Gov. Sonny Perdue has approved a $500,000 payout for a Georgia man who spent almost three decades in prison before DNA tests cleared him of rape. Click here to go to full article.

Grim Twist in '85 Atlanta Rape Case
(Article, The Atlanta Journal -Constitution, February 1, 2009)
When Willie O. “Pete” Williams emerged from prison after serving nearly 22 years for a rape he did not commit, he hugged his mother and said he just wanted a warm bath and a steak dinner. The moment seemed like the first portion of justice finally being served. Click here to go to full article.

Eyewitness Accuracy: Georgia Expands Eyewitness Lineup Training
(Article, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, January 19, 2009)
After a four-year battle, state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield has seen sought-after changes to suspect lineup procedures realized. Click here to go to full article.

Trying to Keep the Lights On
(Column, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, December 27, 2008)
This was not a very merry Christmas for John Jerome White. Released from prison 382 days ago, this is White’s second Christmas as a free man. But he is not free. His spirit is still caged. Click here to go to full column.

Exonerations Urge Changes for Eyewitnesses
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 25, 2008)
The seven exonerations of Georgia inmates by DNA evidence over the past decade rendered heartwrenching tales, cost the state millions of dollars and raised questions as to the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Click here to go to full article.

Righting a Wrong
(Article, The Atlanta Lawyer, November 2008)
Article written by GIP Communications Director Lisa George on the compensation efforts for GIP exoneree Pete Williams. Click here to go to reprint.

On Further Review
(Column, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, May 1, 2008)
Not being able to attend Tuesday's reception, "A Celebration of Freedom," for John White was disappointing. But I learned that after the reception at Columbus Technical College, White would be speaking to a group of former inmates. Click here to go to full column.

Adjusting to Freedom
(Column, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 21, 2008)
When I talked to John White in January, he was still getting accustomed to living outside prison walls. Click here to go to full column.

Ga. Senate Votes to Compensate Man Cleared in 1985 Rape
(Article, The Associated Press, April 2, 2008)
ATLANTA - The state Senate on Wednesday voted to provide $1.2 million to a Georgia man who spent almost 22 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. Click here to go to full story.

The Incalculable Price of Faulty Eyewitness IDs
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5, 2008)
The Georgia General Assembly is once again preparing to compensate a man for a grave injustice, once again considering a cash payment to a victim of a wrongful conviction. Click here to go to full editorial.

Man Freed by DNA May Get Settlement
(Article, The Altanta Journal-Constitution, March 4, 2008)
A man who spent nearly 22 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit would receive $1.2 million from the state under a resolution passed by a key Georgia House committee Monday. Click here to go to full story.

Defendant in 1986 Rape Case Sues Prosecutor for Civil Rights Violations
(Article, The Savannah Morning News, February 13, 2008)
Douglas Echols never backed off his claim of innocence in the 1986 kidnapping and rape of a Savannah woman. The case hung over his head for 16 years. Click here to go to full story.

State House Committee Approves Eyewitness ID Reforms
(Article, The Atlanta Progressive News, February 9, 2008)
A Georgia House of Representatives committee approved two pieces of legislation Wednesday, February 06, 2008, that seek reforms in eyewitness identification reform. Click here to go to full story.

Manchester Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After 20 Years in Prison
(Article, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, January 30, 2008)
Once upon a time, John White had a smart mouth and a swagger. That was before he was found guilty of rape and sentenced to life in prison. Click here to go to full story.

Taylor Starts Chapter with New Bride
(Article, The Houston Chronicle, December 31, 2007)
More than 20 years after they forged a connection that endured his wrongful imprisonment for a Houston rape, Ronald Taylor and Jeannette Brown wed Sunday in a simple ceremony that marked another passage of progress for the recently exonerated man. Click here to go to full story.

State to Study Eyewitness ID Laws
(Article, The Albany Herald, December 31, 2007)
In September, three former inmates in Georgia’s prison system appeared before a legislative study committee. All were convicted based on eyewitness identifications, then spent years behind bars before being exonerated by DNA testing, a technology that didnt exist when they were locked up. Click here to go to full story.

Sharper Eyewitnessing
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 21, 2007)
All seven of the Georgia inmates exonerated by DNA over the past eight years — including a Meriwether County man freed 11 days ago — were put in prison because of mistaken eyewitness identifications. Click here to go to full editorial.

Man Cleared by DNA Eager for Christmas in Freedom
(Article, The Associated Press, December 20, 2007)
In prison, December 25th was just another day for John Jerome White. This week, he smiled at the thought of Christmas surrounded by his wife and family instead of inmates for the first time in a decade. Click here to go to full story.

Latest DNA Exoneree Another Case of Mistaken Identity
(Article, Atlanta Progressive News, December 17, 2007)
The Georgia House Study Committee on Eyewitness Identification Procedure met for the final time December 13, 2007, to settle the details of draft legislation outlining minimum standards for eyewitness identification procedure. Click here to go to full story.

Exoneration Shows Need for Eyewitness ID Reform
Editorial, The Athens Banner-Herald, December 17, 2007
The timing couldn't be worse for the dozens and dozens of local law-enforcement agencies across Georgia that don't have eyewitness identification standards in place. Click here to go to full editorial.

Eyewitness ID Gets a Look Amid DNA Exonerations
(Article, The Associated Press, December 15, 2007)
Worried about the rising number of Georgia inmates are exonerated by DNA evidence after having been identified by witnesses, state lawmakers are weighing whether police need to improve the way they conduct lineups. Click here to go to full story.

Innocent Man's Conviction Shows Flaws in Line-Ups
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 13, 2007)
When the elderly rape victim was asked whether her attacker was in a lineup of five men, she picked the man in the middle — John Jerome White. Based almost entirely on that identification, White was convicted of the 1979 attack in Meriwether County and sent to prison. But 28 years later, DNA evidence proved what White had been saying all those years: He didn't do it. Click here to go to full story.

Seven Faces of Freedom and Justice
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 13, 2007)
On Monday night, John White was released from prison after a DNA test showed conclusively that he had not committed the rape for which he had served more than 10 years. Thanks to the work of the Georgia Innocence Project and other groups, seven black men have been exonerated in Georgia. Click here to go to full editorial.

Innocent Man Freed From Prison
(Article, The Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, GA) , December 12, 2007)
A Manchester man has been freed after a DNA test proved he did not commit a rape that sent him to prison nearly three decades ago. Click here to go to full story.

DNA Test Clears Man After 27 Years
(Article, The Associated Press , December 11, 2007)
A man enjoyed freedom Tuesday after a DNA test proved he did not commit a 1979 rape. John Jerome White, 48, left Macon State Prison on Monday evening. Click here to go to full story.

DNA Test Frees Man
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 11, 2007)
John White confesses he's no angel, and admits that he committed the robbery and drug offenses that earned him prison sentences of 7 and 2 years in the 1990s. But the Meriwether County man always said he was innocent in the 1979 rape of a 74-year-old Manchester woman. Click here to go to full story.

Innocent Man Shares His 20-Year Struggle Behind Bars
(Article, CNN.com, October 25, 2007)
Willie "Pete" Williams had no idea when he was pulled over by police that the criminal justice system was about to steal away half his life. Click here to go to full story.

Victims: Standardize Eyewitness Procedures
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 23, 2007)
After rape victim Jennifer Thompson Cannino identified suspect No. 5 in a police lineup, the detective assured her she'd picked out her attacker. Click here to go to full story.

Innocence Project Founder Calls For Eyewitness Standards
(Article, The Associated Press, October 22, 2007)
The founder of the Innocence Project on Monday called for standards governing eyewitness identification in Georgia criminal cases, warning that there is a greater risk of sending the wrong person to prison without them.
Click here to go to full story.

State House Committee Reviews Eyewitness Identification Procedures
(Article, The Atlanta Progressive News, October 22, 2007)
A bipartisan Georgia House of Representatives study panel on reforming eyewitness identification procedures held the third in a series of hearings on Monday, October 22, 2007. Click here to go to full story.

Eyewitness ID Standards Need to be Spelled Out
(Editorial, The Athens Banner-Herald, October 2, 2007)
The man representing law enforcement's interests during a Monday hearing on the possibility of placing a specific eyewitness identification protocol in state law did little more than tell a state legislative study committee that police agencies simply should be trusted to develop workable policies on their own. Click here to go to full editorial.

Caution Urged With Testimony
(Article, The Augusta Chronicle, September 18, 2007)
Calvin Johnson Jr. told lawmakers Monday that his life changed when a rape victim pointed to him in court as her attacker. Click here to go to full story.

Report: Most Georgia Police Have No Eyewitness Guidelines
(Article, The Associated Press, September 16, 2007)
Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Georgia have no specific guidelines governing the collection of eyewitness evidence, according to a preliminary report from the Georgia Innocence Project. Click here to go to full story.

Convict Cleared by DNA Awarded $1.2 Million
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2007)
A man who spent 24 years in Georgia prisons for a crime he didn't commit finally got his payday. Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill today to compensate Robert Clark $1.2 million. Clark was cleared by DNA evidence in 2005 of a brutal 1982 Cobb County rape. Click here to go to full story.

Man Cleared of Rape Charges Nears $1.2 Million from State
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 10, 2007)
A man who spent more than 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit moved a step closer to a $1.2 million payment from the state. Click here to go to full story.

Georgia House Votes to Repay Wrongly Imprisoned Man
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 19, 2007)
The Georgia House voted Monday to give a $1.2 million payback to a man wrongly imprisoned nearly 25 years for rape who was exonerated by DNA evidence two years ago. Click here to go to full story.

Exonerated Prisoner Closer to Compensation
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 19, 2007)
Georgia’s House of Representatives has approved $1.2 million in compensation for Robert Clark, who was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending more than 23 years in Georgia prisons for a rape he did not commit. Click here to go to full story.

Ex-Inmate Begins 'the Rest of His Life'
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 14, 2007)
The last time Willie O. "Pete" Williams was in a Fulton County courtroom he was convicted of a rape he didn't commit and spent almost 22 years in prison. So, on Tuesday morning, he was nervous. Click here to go to full story.

Rape Conviction Dismissed Against Man Exonerated After 22 Years in Prison
(Article, The Associated Press , February 13, 2007)
Willie O. ''Pete'' Williams and his family were all smiles as they entered a Fulton County courtroom on Tuesday to hear a judge tell Williams that he is officially a free man. Click here to go to full story.

Fulton Makes It Official; Won't Prosecute Wrongly Accused Man
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 13, 2007)
Willie O. "Pete" Williams — who served almost 22 years in a Georgia prison for a crime he did not commit — went into a a Fulton County courtroom Tuesday morning to clear his record, along with his name. Click here to go to full story.

Man Arrested in Pete Williams Case
(Article, 11Alive.com, February 10, 2007)
Fulton County's District Attorney announced an arrest in a Sandy Springs rape case that led to an innocent man spending more than 21 years in prison. Click here to go to full story.

Decatur Man Arrested in 1985 Rape
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 9, 2007)
Kenneth Wicker, who was convicted for a series of sexual attacks in 1985, committed other rapes that wrongly sent another man to prison for 21 years, Fulton County District Attorney announced today. Click here to go to full story.

Williams Gets Justice, Redemption
(Column, Clayton News Daily, January 28, 2007)
So, what of Willie Williams’ life up to this point? The now 44-year-old man was convicted in 1985 of rape — a conviction reportedly based upon eyewitness testimony, despite the man’s insisting he was innocent. Click here to go to full column.

Eyewitness Guidelines Urged After Man Freed
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 28, 2007)
Willie O. "Pete" Williams' recent release after more than 21 years in prison on a wrongful rape conviction has put a face on an issue once again before the Georgia Legislature: faulty eyewitness identifications. Click here to go to full story.

Men Freed by DNA Wait for Compensation
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 27, 2007)
The state should pay Willie O. "Pete" Williams for nearly 22 years he spent in prison for a rape he did not commit, House Speaker Glenn Richardson said Friday. Click here to go to full story.

Intern Helped Win Life-Changing Case
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 27, 2007)
Cliff Williams was as green as they come: 27 years old. Third-year law student. Intern. But there he stood that day, before a real judge, about to argue a motion in a real case. And not just any case. The case of a man he believed to be innocent. A man who had already served nearly 22 years of a 45-year sentence. Click here to go to full story.

Perseverance Pays Off
(Article, The Macon Telegraph, January 26, 2007)
For Ashley Tyson-Mackin, it started with a gut feeling. The 24-year-old Jones County native was combing through files last January as part of her internship with the Georgia Innocence Project, looking at dozens of the more than 2,600 letters sent by convicted criminals asking the agency to re-examine their cases. Click here to go to full story.

Absolved by DNA, Ex-Inmate Ready To Live Again
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 26, 2007)
Willie O. "Pete" Williams said Thursday he wasn't angry about having surrendered about half his life to an injustice, spending almost 22 years in a Georgia prison for a rape he didn't commit. Click here to go to full story.

Eyewitness Rules Need Revamping
(Letter to the Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 25, 2007)
I'm sure we're all familiar with the climactic moment in courtroom dramas when the witness points a finger at the accused and swears without a doubt he's the one who committed the crime. Juries are understandably swayed by such compelling testimony, and many cases are won on the strength of eyewitness identifications. But what if such testimony is wrong? Click here to go to full letter.

Man Taking Freedom, Celebrity in Stride After 22 Years in Prison
(Article, The Associated Press, January 25, 2007)
Spending nearly half his life in prison has not taken the twinkle from Willie O. "Pete" Williams' eye or the optimism from his spirit about how he plans to spend the rest of his life as a free man. Click here to go to full story.

Little Rest For Freed Man
(Article, 11Alive.com, January 24, 2007)
After spending more than 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Pete Wiliams is getting little rest on his first full day of freedom. Click here to go to full story.

Letter's Sincerity, DNA Sample Helped Williams
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 24, 2007)
From his prison cell, a man mistakenly convicted of rape picked up the only weapon available to him in his attempt to break free: a pen. Click here to go to full story.

Williams a Free Man After 21 Years
(Article, 11Alive.com, January 24, 2007)
After nearly 22 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit, Willie Pete Williams is back in Atlanta as a free man. Click here to go to full story.

After 22 Years, Falsely Imprisoned Man Walks Free
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 24, 2007)
After almost 22 years falsely imprisoned, Willie O. Williams became a free man Tuesday night with a few simple pleasures in mind: a steak and potato dinner and a hot bath. Click here to go to full story.

Man Exonerated in Rape After Nearly 22 Years in Prison
(Article, The Associated Press, January 23, 2007)
After proclaiming his innocence from prison for nearly 22 years, a man who has been cleared of a rape conviction by DNA evidence walked out of the Fulton County Jail as a free man Tuesday night. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA Frees Man After 21 Years"

(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 23, 2007)
Willie O. Williams will be released from prison today after serving more than 21 years for a crime he did not commit. "We are convinced today Mr. Williams is not responsible for this," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Monday at a brief news conference outside the courthouse in Atlanta. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA Evidence to Free Convicted Rapist"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 22, 2007)
Convicted rapist Willie O. Williams will be released from prison Tuesday after spending 21 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Click here to go to full story.

"Man Cleared of Rape After 22 Years"
(Article, 11Alive.com, January 21, 2007)
An Atlanta man sentenced to 45 years in prison, who has always claimed his innocence, is being released after modern day technology cleared his name. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA prompts new look at rape"

(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 21, 2007)
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Saturday his office needs to examine all the evidence presented in the rape trial of Willie O. Williams, an Atlanta man who has served 21 years in prison but might have been wrongly convicted, according to new DNA tests. Click here to go to full story.

"Group: DNA clears man in 1985 rape"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 20, 2007)
DNA evidence has cleared an Atlanta man who has served 21 years in prison after being convicted of raping and kidnapping a woman at a Sandy Springs apartment complex in 1985, the man's lawyers said Friday.
Click here to go to full story.

"Life on the Outside"
(Article, Marietta Daily Journal, December 4, 2006)
Robert Clark was a 21-year old father of two with a steady job when his life changed forever in 1981.
Click here to go to full story.

" Inmate's Life Restored by a Woman of Faith"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 13, 2006)
Yvonne Zellars thought the man on the other end of the line had a foul mouth. Yet intuition told her Clarence Harrison was a good man despite those four-letter words -- and despite the fact that he was serving a life sentence in prison. Click here to go to full story.

"Exonerated After 25 Years, Freedom Feels Good"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 4, 2006)
When the question comes up — and how can it not? — Robert Clark is ready. Yeah, he's the guy. The proof is right there in the trunk of his silver 2005 Ford Taurus, next to a pile of clothes. A front-page article from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A mention in Jet magazine. Click here to go to full story.

"Wrongly Imprisoned Man Receives Presents"
(Article, The Associated Press, 12/22/05)
Robert Clark's eyes arched at the piles of presents before him. The two television sets. The leather jacket. The CD player. The towels, linens, dishes, books, gift cards. The everything."That's all for you," someone said to Clark, who this month was freed from prison after being wrongly incarcerated for 24 years. Click here to go to full story.

" Let's Arrest Wrongful Convictions"
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/14/05)
Georgia's criminal justice system ruined Robert Clark's life, imprisoning him for 24 years for a crime he did not commit. We cannot give him back the quarter-century that the state — acting on behalf of all of us, the citizens — stole from him. But we ought to acknowledge our wretched error with substantial compensation. He is a victim as surely as the woman he was accused of raping. Click here to go to full editorial.

"I'm a Believer in DNA Tests to Clear 'Guilty'"
(Guest Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/14/05)
Several years ago, while I served on the House Judiciary Committee, I participated in debates concerning whether to enact federal legislation establishing a national DNA testing program to provide a framework within which states would be encouraged to implement mechanisms to determine whether those convicted of serious crimes were wrongly convicted. Click here to go to full editorial.

"Georgia Should Adopt Change in ID Methods"
(Editorial, The Macon Telegraph, 12/13/05)
Sequential presentation and double blinding. Sounds like the jargon of marketing or medical research. Actually the words refer to ways of helping victims or witnesses of crimes identify suspects more accurately from photos or lineups. Click here to go to full editorial.

"Clark's Outlook Remains Positive"
(Editorial, Don McKee, Marietta Daily Journal, 12/12/05)
Robert Clark got his freedom back last week - almost a quarter-century after he went to prison for a crime he never committed. "The truth is finally out, the truth that you knew all along. That truth has now set you free," Judge Dorothy Robinson of Cobb Superior Court told Clark after signing a handwritten order for his release. What's almost as remarkable as Clark's exoneration after so many years is his outlook. Click here to go to full editorial.

" DNA Opens Cell Door for Man Locked Up Since '81"
(Article, The Associated Press, 12/11/05)
ATLANTA – A judge has freed an inmate whose claims of innocence in a kidnapping and rape went unheeded for nearly a quarter of a century, until DNA evidence proved him right. Click here to go to full story.

"A Crime, Then A Tragedy"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/11/05)
It was near dusk when the woman pulled into the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot in East Atlanta. Her favorite song came on the radio, so she sat in the car to enjoy it. Suddenly, a man in a cowboy hat stood at the window and flashed a pistol. Click here to go to full story.

"Advocates Push for Change in How Suspects Are Identified"

(Article, The Associated Press, 12/10/05)
Advocates say police should change the way suspect photos and line-ups are presented to crime victims to prevent the kind of mistaken conviction that landed Robert Clark in Georgia prison for 24 years. Click here to go to full story.

"Back to Life: Freedom a Thrill for Wrongly Imprisoned Man"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/10/05)
Robert Clark Jr. ignored the early morning chill. At this moment, on this day, life was too beautiful to worry about the weather. Click here to go to full story.

"A Free Man"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/09/05)
Robert Clark spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit. He knew he was innocent, and now the rest of the world knows it, too. Click here to go to full story.

"'He Was a Victim, and I Was a Victim'"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/09/05)
She spent Thursday morning staring at the two mug shots in the newspaper. One of the men, Robert Clark, had spent 24 years in prison after he was mistakenly convicted of raping her. Click here to go to full story.

"First Exonerated Man Speaks Out"
(News Story, WXIA-TV, 12/08/05)
Calvin Johnson Jr. was the first Georgian to be exonerated with DNA evidence. In his book, he details spending 16 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA Absolves Inmate of 1981 Rape" (Updated)
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/08/05)
After a brief hearing this afternoon in a Cobb County courtroom, Robert Clark, who has spent nearly 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, was free. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA Tests Clear Man"
(Article, The Associated Press, 12/08/05)
A man who has spent nearly 25 years in prison for rape was expected to be set free Thursday afternoon after DNA tests showed another man committed the crime. Click here to go to full story.

"After 24 Years in Prison, Man Has Reason to Smile"
(Article, The New York Times, 12/08/05)
It is rare to see a prison inmate with a life sentence who cannot stop grinning. But that was Robert Clark Jr. on Wednesday, the day before his conviction for rape, robbery and kidnapping was expected to be vacated on the strength of a DNA test that showed he was not the rapist. Click here to go to full story.

"DNA Absolves Inmate of 1981 Rape"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12/08/05)
Robert Clark always said he was innocent of the rape that has kept him behind bars for nearly a quarter of a century. Click here to go to full story.

"High Court Issues Warning on Value of Eyewitnesses"
(Article, The Associated Press, 06/17/05)
The Georgia Supreme Court warned judges to be careful how they instruct juries about weighing the value of eyewitness identification in criminal trials. Click here to go to full story.

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
(Article, Emory Magazine, Spring 2005)
Using DNA evidence, an Emory law student helps free a wrongly convicted man after seventeen years behind bars. Click here to go to full story.

" Our Opinion: Compensate Exonerated Inmates"
(Editorial, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 03/31/05)
If anyone deserves a million dollars as the victim of a grave injustice, it's probably Clarence Harrison. Click here to go to full editorial.

"Man Cleared of Rape To Get $1 Million"
(Article, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 03/29/05)
A Georgia man cleared of a rape conviction after serving more than 17 years behind bars will receive $1 million — but not all of it at once. Click here to go to full article.

"What Are Lost Years Worth?"
(Article, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 02/18/05)
Georgia lawmakers will soon struggle with a complex question destined to come up with increasing frequency: How much is a wrongfully convicted person's time in prison worth? Click here to go to full article.

"Ex-Inmate Favors Pay for Lost Years"
(Article, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 02/18/05)
Calvin Johnson spent 16 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. In his book, "Exit to Freedom," Johnson describes the sweltering heat and menacing snakes he faced on prison work crews in the swampy tall grass of South Georgia. Click here to go to full article.

"Cleared Inmate Seeks Focus: It's Not Easy Being Free"
(Article, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 01/24/05)
The shy smile was the same one Clarence Harrison first showed to the bank of television cameras on the steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse almost five months ago. Click here to go to full article.

"Freed Prisoner Marries his Longtime Fiancée"
(Article, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/18/04)
Clarence Harrison on Saturday married the woman who believed in him when all he had to give her was a prison inmate's word of honor that he was innocent. Click here to go to full article.

"Cleared Inmate Ties the Knot"
(Article, The Associated Press, 09/18/04)
Clarence Harrison spent nearly 18 years in a prison cell for a crime he didn't commit. It only took him another 18 days to walk down the aisle and say, "I do." Click here to go to full article.

"A Big Success and Small Setback for DNA Testing"
(Article, Creative Loafing, 09/16/04)
Georgia's new DNA law helped free Clarence Harrison, but one lawmaker is frustrated by failed attempts to take that law to the next logical step. Click here to go to full article.

"Law Student Frees Innocent Prisoner"
(Article, The Emory Wheel, 09/07/04)
As Emory law student Jason Costa awaited the judge's decision, he knew his dream was about to come true. Click here to go to full article.

"An Innocent Man"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/02/04)
Clarence Harrison lost hope that anyone would ever believe he was not a rapist. Click here to go to full article.

"Man Freed After 17 Years in Jail for Rape"
(Article, Gwinnett Daily Post, 09/01/04)
It was an unlikely alliance: a group trying to free a man who served 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit working with the prosecutors who put him away. Click here to go to full article.

"DNA Reportedly Exonerates Inmate: Decatur Man Has Served 17 Years For Rape"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08/26/04)
New DNA evidence proves that a Decatur man who has spent 17 years in prison for rape, kidnapping and robbery did not commit the crimes, his lawyers said Thursday. Click here to go to full article.

"Our Opinion : DNA Tests Deliver Justice for All"
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08/9/04)
Prison inmates who undergo DNA testing to prove their innocence run the risk that the results will confirm their guilt. Click here to go to full editorial.

"DNA says Right Man; Convicted Inmate Claimed He was Framed for Rape"
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08/2/04)
Joe Brown has maintained for years he was framed for rape during a house burglary in Valdosta. After hearing Brown's claims, a Lowndes County judge ordered in January that a new state law allowing for genetic testing in criminal appeals be used for the first time. Click here to go to full article.

"DNA Test Upholds Rape Conviction"
(Article, Valdosta Daily Times)
DNA testing in a 1987 rape case confirms the guilt of Joseph Lee Brown. Click here to go to full article.

“DNA Testing May Offer Inmate a Second Chance”
(Article, Valdosta Daily Times, 01/8/04)
The first case being pursued by the Georgia Innocence Project might offer a second chance for a former resident of Valdosta who has spent nearly 17 years behind bars. Click here to go to full article.

“Convicted Rapist Asks for Look at DNA”
(Article, Fulton County Daily Report, 01/5/04)
The Georgia Innocence Project represents Joseph Lee Brown in his request for a review of the DNA evidence in his 1987 conviction for rape and robbery. Click here to go to full article.

“Convicted Rapist Asks For Look at DNA”
(Article, Fulton County Daily Report, 01/5/04)
Joseph Lee Brown, imprisoned at age 20 for a rape and a robbery he says he didn't commit rape, should count himself among the lucky prisoners. Click here to go to full article.

“Picture Imperfect”
(Article, Savannahnow.com, 08/17/03)
A mug shot and a misidentification almost sent a Kentucky man to death row. Click here to go to full article.

“Bill Signed to Expand DNA Tests”
(Article, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 05/28/03)
This article details the circumstances allowed under the bill to “allow us to do justice better," according to Governor Sonny Perdue. The circumstances that apply are: If the perpetrator's identity was an issue during the trial; if it’s reasonable to believe that DNA test results would have affected the outcome; if reliable results can be extracted from evidence; and if the evidence was not tested previously. Click here to go to full article.

“DNA Bill Awaits Signature”
(Article, Clayton County News-Daily, 05/23/03)
Calvin Johnson Jr., who spent 16 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, is an advocate for the DNA bill. The article details his personal story as well as the effort underway to make the bill a law. Click here to go to full article.

“Provide Equal Access To DNA Tests”
(Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/07/03)
Citing the 114 individuals across the country who were wrongly convicted — a dozen of whom had been sentenced to death — and are now exonerated thanks to DNA tests, the editorial builds a case in support of the DNA Bill. Click here to go to full editorial.

“Senate Approves Rules On DNA Testing”
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 03/29/03)
Article documents the Georgia State Senate ruling and comments from lawmakers. Click here to go to full article.

“DNA Tests Clear Pair In 1986 Rape Case”
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/08/02)
Article details the cases of Samuel Scott and Douglas Echols. The two were cleared after DNA tests refuted the evidence used to convict them of a rape that occurred 16 years earlier in Savannah. Click here to go to full article.

“Innocence Project Helps Inmates: Rossville Attorney Is A State Leader In An Effort To Use DNA Evidence To Clear Those Wrongly Imprisoned”
(Article, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 09/29/02)
Now that attorneys September Guy and Jill Polster have founded the Georgia Innocence Project, their challenge is to get the word out to prisoners. Click here to go to full article.

“A Testament To Power Of DNA Evidence”
(Letter to the Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/25/02)
Calvin Johnson, wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned for 16 years, writes a powerful letter in support of the Innocents Protection Act and other reform bills. Click here to go to full letter.

“Access To DNA Helps Balance Scales Of Justice”
(Letter to the Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/17/02)
Editorial Staff outlines why the legal system often fails and what the Georgia Innocence Project is doing to remedy it. Click here to go to full letter.

“DNA Bill Encroaches On States”
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/17/02)
Excerpts from Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, one of thirty state attorneys general who signed a letter last year to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing concern over the proposed Innocents Protection Act. Click here to go to full article.

“Group Uses DNA To Free Innocent From Prison”
(Article, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 09/12/02)
AJC staff writer Bill Rankin details how the Georgia Innocence Project got off the ground and what the group has been doing since then. Click here to go to full article.

“Searching for Justice”
(Article, Atlanta Jewish Times, 06/14/02)
This article details the establishment of the Georgia Innocence Project. Jill Polster, President and Cofounder, is featured in the article. Click here to go to full article.

“DNA Test Clears Man Of '83 Rape 16 Years Later”
(Article, The Associated Press, 06/15/99)
Calvin Crawford Johnson Jr., accused of rape, burglary and sodomy, his subsequent wrongful conviction and his path to freedom are briefly chronicled in this AP piece. Click here to go to full article.