wrongful conviction

Okaloosa man released after 20 years in prison amid doubts that he was guilty

BY: - March 12, 2021

In an usual case, Jimmy Ates, 74, who maintained his innocence for decades, was released from prison Thursday in Okaloosa County, in the Panhandle, after investigators and court officials agreed the evidence used to convict him was severely flawed. He had been convicted of first-degree murder of his wife and served 20 years in prison. […]

Wrongfully imprisoned man is finally free — but ineligible for nearly $2 million in state compensation. Why?

BY: - September 15, 2020

Despite being wrongfully imprisoned on rape and murder charges for 37 years, Robert DuBoise, proved innocent by DNA evidence and fully exonerated on Tuesday, is not eligible for state compensation. That’s because he had two prior felonies when he was 17 — considered non-violent property crimes. Florida law allows wrongfully convicted people to be compensated […]

Overlooked rape kit sample proves FL man imprisoned for 37 years is innocent

BY: - August 26, 2020

Evidence from a rape kit from 1983 proved this month that Robert DuBoise, imprisoned in Hardee County for 37 years on rape and murder convictions, is innocent. Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren announced that he filed a motion in circuit court Wednesday afternoon to overturn the wrongful conviction and set DuBoise free. If the […]

Amid COVID-19 fears, long-imprisoned man likely to be exonerated is set free

BY: - April 14, 2020

Leonard Cure, sentenced to life in prison for a robbery he probably did not commit, will go free after being imprisoned for 16 years because a state attorney’s conviction review unit believes further investigation will fully exonerate him. With COVID-19 spreading among inmates being held in close quarters, the Innocence Project of Florida and the […]

Clifford Williams, wrongfully imprisoned for 43 years, wins compensation; vows to fight for other inmates

BY: - March 10, 2020

For 43 years, Clifford Williams, serving time for murder, insisted from behind bars that he didn’t do it. It was true. Last year, attorneys unraveled the flimsy case that sent Williams to Death Row in 1976, and he was set free. On Tuesday, the state of Florida approved financial compensation for him in remorse for […]

Wrongful incarceration: Bills would revive exonerees’ rejected compensation claims

BY: - March 2, 2020

People imprisoned in Florida for years for crimes they did not commit are due state compensation, but state law denies it to most of them. Legislators outraged about that are advancing bills to help exonerees claim as much as $50,000 for each year spent behind bars. Sen. Rob Bradley’s bill (SB 346) would extend the […]

Jacksonville man wrongfully imprisoned for 43 years is due compensation, lawmakers say

BY: - February 21, 2020

Compensation for Clifford Williams, imprisoned for 43 years for a murder he didn’t commit, is moving forward in the Florida Legislature. Florida senators who oversee appropriations issues approved a claims bill this week to award Williams a $2.15 million annuity — roughly $50,000 for each year he spent in prison on the murder charge. Senate […]