UVa’s Innocence Project having a busy — and possibly banner — year

By: Samantha Koon | The Daily Progress
Published: April 14, 2012

So far, 2012 has been “particularly insane” for the lawyers and law students who make up the University of Virginia School of Law’s Innocence Project Clinic, according to Deirdre Enright, the clinic’s director of investigation.

The Innocence Project has received a great deal of media attention this year for its work to exonerate Eric Weakley, one of the so-called Culpeper Three. Weakley, alongside Michael Hash and Jason Kloby, was arrested in May 2000 in connection with the 1996 shooting death of church organist Thelma Scroggins.

The project is also working to clear the name of a Mineral man who was wrongly convicted of rape based on an accusation that was later recanted, and his own false confession.

For the five-year-old Innocence Project, the recent successes have provided a national profile and drawn new interest from donors, the legal community and from prisoners who hope to convince people that their convictions are worth a second look.

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Conn. approves death penalty repeal, state would be 17th to abolish capital punishment

By Associated Press, Published: April 11 | Updated: Thursday, April 12, 1:04 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. — After years of failed attempts to repeal the death penalty, Connecticut lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have passed legislation that abolishes the punishment for all future cases.

As expected, members of the House voted 86-62 in favor of the bill after a floor debate that lasted nearly 10 hours on Wednesday.

The legislation, which would make Connecticut the 17th state to abolish the death penalty, awaits a signature from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has said he would sign the bill into law.

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Conn. House to vote on death penalty repeal bill – advocates push for passage

Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 06:20 AM

Hartford, Conn. —

A bill that would abolish Connecticut’s death penalty for all future cases is facing its second vote in the General Assembly.

Members of the state’s House of Representatives are scheduled to take up the legislation in the Wednesday afternoon session.
Read more: Conn. House to vote on death penalty repeal bill – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x898665562/Conn-House-to-vote-on-death-penalty-repeal-bill#ixzz1rkZRSZxW