It is June 16, 2022. More than a year and a half after Judge William Hickle wrote in his order than Christopher Dunn clearly meets the standards for both gateway and freestanding actual innocence. More than a year and a half since Chris should have walked out of prison as a free man and welcomed… Continue reading Will Missouri Ever Recognize Innocence?
“He fasts each year on the anniversary of Rogers’ murder, and wants his family to know that ‘he did not take their child from them,’ ” Kansas City Star, November 25, 2021 When Chris was offered 10 years to plead guilty, he turned it down. He couldn’t bring himself to admit to something he did… Continue reading Justice for Recco
What a joyful month in 2022! April 11 and April 22 saw the release of Keith Carnes and Michael Politte! We rejoice with these innocent men and their families. While charges against Keith Carnes were dropped, Michael Politte is out on parole and will continue fighting to clear his name. We know that these men… Continue reading Keith Carnes and Michael Politte are free!
“It is difficult to imagine a free society where it is not a manifest injustice to imprison an innocent person.” Sean D. O’Brien There’s lots of talk about the Lincoln v. Cassady ruling, but the legal incarceration of innocent Missouri citizens didn’t start there. The appeals court in that ruling drew heavily on the case… Continue reading When did it become legal to lock up innocent people in Missouri?
The innocence case of Keith Carnes has been wending its way through the Missouri courts. A recent evidentiary hearing revealed dramatic details about exculpatory information withheld by prosecutors, and it appears that the likelihood of Mr. Carnes’ freedom is increasing by the day. We are tremendously hopeful that Mr. Carnes will finally see justice after… Continue reading Keith Carnes – Innocent Man Awaits Missouri Court Ruling
Today, Christopher Dunn turns 50. For the 32nd time, he spends his birthday locked up for a crime did not commit. His innocence is documented by a Missouri 25th Circuit judge in a September 2020 order (embedded on the home page of this site). The judge explains that Chris proved his innocence in a May… Continue reading 50 years of life – but only 18 years as a free man
After 43 years of wrongful imprisonment, Kevin Strickland is home. We rejoice for him and his family that justice was finally done. As he will receive no money from the state of Missouri to compensate for its mistake, his attorneys at the Midwest Innocence Project have asked the public to donate so that Kevin can… Continue reading Kevin Strickland Is Finally Home. Who Is Next?
Who cares? Who actually gives a damn about those who are considered throw-away cases or lost causes? Is it true that we’re living out our political purpose designed before our births? No doubt, it is still true as it was in 1820 – here in 2021 Missouri, there is no justice for all. This is… Continue reading The 36 30′ Parallel Lives On
By Christopher Dunn Change has finally come. Since 1988, the statues of Missouri haven’t seen a legally significant change, and to be completely honest with you, we’ve been waiting for so long that we’ve practically forgotten what a breath of fresh air feels like. In the 1970’s, our state was facing a sad, pitiful-looking reality.… Continue reading Missouri, Meet the Challenge – Overturn Lincoln v. Cassady