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5. Thomas Cress

Tom Cress, a man of diminished mental capacity, was wrongfully convicted of a rape and murder that occurred in 1983 in Battle Creek, MI. His case was central to the founding of the Michigan Innocence Clinic: Clinic founders David Moran and Bridget McCormack worked on the case separately over the years, and it demonstrated to them the need for a non-DNA Innocence Project. Tom was released from prison when Gov. Granholm commuted his sentence in December of 2010.

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Detroit Free PressEvidence Of Innocence: Two Ex-Cops Say Wrong Man Is Jailed For Murder. Admitted Serial Killer Claims He Did It. Proof Of The Truth Was Destroyed."
MLiveGov. Granholm grants release of man convicted in teen's 1983 slaying"
Wood TV 8Thomas Cress: 'I got chance at freedom"

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