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Mark Godsey
Mark Godsey is the Carmichael Professor of Law and Director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He serves on the Board of the Innocence Network, and has been a leader in helping the the Innocence Movement expand around the globe. A former federal prosecutor, Mark is considered a leading scholar, lawyer, and activist on the subject of wrongful convictions. He is the editor of the Wrongful Convictions Blog, and is a frequent commentator on the subject in the national press.

Entries by Mark Godsey

In Today's National Record-Breaking Exoneration, Prosecutors Stepped Up to Correct a "Lie From the Pits of Hell"

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:30 AM

This morning, Ricky Jackson walked out of the Cuyahoga County courtroom in downtown Cleveland a free man after 39 years in prison--several of those on death row--for a murder he didn't commit. The last time he tasted freedom was in 1975 when a postage stamp cost 10 cents, Gerald Ford...

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All They Want for Christmas Is Their Freedom: Will Governor Brown Grant Clemency to the California 12?

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:16 PM

When an innocent person is exonerated and walks out of prison, it's always a big news story. We see the tears of the loved ones, hear the stories of loss, and sort through the details of what went wrong. We see a failure in the system, but we also see...

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Breaking: With Today's Release of the San Antonio Four, Texas Now On the Cutting Edge of Efforts to Free the Innocent

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Today in Texas, four wrongfully convicted women--known as the "San Antonio Four"--had their convictions overturned and were freed. This came about thanks to the latest in a line of innovations Texas lawmakers and the Innocence Project of Texas have devised to help the wrongfully convicted. Often...

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For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that...

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We Are Naturally Bad Sleuths.. and Frequently Fail to Find the Truth

(26) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Memory lapses are not as simple as occasionally forgetting where we left our keys. Elizabeth Loftus's talk, "The Fiction of Memory," shows how human memory is far weaker and more malleable than most of...

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