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Success Stories

Innocence Matters anticipates a great deal of success for the simple reason that we genuinely believe Innocence Matters!  Our clients are represented by a dedicated criminal defense trial lawyer with talented law students with a undying commitment to see that the innocent are vindicated.

Case Dismissed! Innocent Man Returned to His Family


Client's Family
"After finding Deirdre through posting a question on this website, she contacted me immediately although it was very late. She began work right away on a case that needed immediate attention. She saved an innocent man from spending many years behind bars, due to inadequate public defense."

The Case
A young man was falsely accused of shooting at an occupied car.  Unable to post bail, he sat in jail facing five serious felony charges believing that his court-appointed lawyer was properly working the case.  Months later he learned that each of the 
four
lawyers representing him at various points along the way failed to investigate his alibi in a timely manner.  As a result, a video tape proving his alibi was destroyed. 

Our Investigation
We were able to find an independent witness who verified that our client was depicted on the video.  We developed evidence that established the probability that the known alternative suspect was the shooter and proof that the cops knew who the actual shooter was within a day of the shooting but refused to investigate him.  In fact, the notes from the initial police interviews supported the conclusion that even the "complaining witness" named the alternative suspect as the shooter.  When confronted, the police denied any knowledge of an alternative suspect.  Nevertheless, we were able to locate a credible witness and paper trail confirming the truth, which included a subpoenaed copy of lead investigator's cell phone records which confirmed his knowledge and his failure to investigate.

The Prosecutor's Initial Response 


When it became clear to the assistant district attorney that the accused would not accept the 13 year offer for a crime he did not commit, the A.D.A. upped the ante and amended the information to include 2 counts of Attempted Murder!  Now the client was facing 7 serious felony charges and could receive a  life sentence,
if convicted! 

Justice Finally Arrived

On the day of trial, the case was dismissed and the client was released after spending 8 months in jail for crimes he did not commit.

 



Troy Davis

Troy was murdered on September 21, 2011.  For those of us who believed in Troy's innocence and worked so hard to help him only to lose him in the end, it is sometimes hard to remember all the good that has come from our efforts to free Troy.  But it is important that we do--to honor Troy and to enable us to better protect future generations of innocent people. 

Some examples worth mentioning: 

March 17, 2008,  Georgia Supreme Court Dissenting Opinion in Sharply Divided (4/3) Decision: "This Court's approach in extraordinary motions for new trials based on new evidence is overly rigid and fails to allow an adequate inquiry into the fundamental question, which is whether or not an innocent person might have been convicted or even, as in this case, might be put to death."  Davis v. State (2008) 283  GA 438 (Sears, C.J., dissenting).

April 16, 2009: “To execute Davis, in the face of a significant amount of proffered evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable and unconstitutional.
" In re Davis, 565 F.3d 810 (Barkett, J., dissenting).

August 17, 2009, US Supreme Court: "The substantial risk of putting an innocent man to death clearly provides an adequate justification for holding an evidentiary hearing." In re Davis, 2009 U.S. LEXIS 5037 (U.S. Aug. 17, 2009)(Stevens, J., with whom Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer join, concurring).

August 24, 2010, U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia: "It can be said, then, that executing the "actually" innocent violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution." In re Troy Anthony Davis (District Court Judge Moore's ruling) at 113.