​Barely a year after Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and the Innocence Project New Orleans announced a joint, city-funded plan to investigate wrongful convictions, that initiative is dead.


​Almost a fifth of all exonerations in 2015 included false confessions. Steve Drizin of Northwestern University School of Law describes several of last year's most memorable false-confession cases.


​Billy Glaze, who spent the last 30 years in prison for murder and rape in Minnesota, died of cancer on December 22 at age 72, still waiting for a decision on a motion for a new trial. In 2014 DNA tests on crime scene material excluded Glaze as the source and identified a convicted murderer.


​In Mississippi, an exoneree is ineligible for compensation for wrongful imprisonment if he "fabricated evidence" that led to his conviction . A judge denied compensation to exoneree Tyler Edmonds for five years spent in prison for a murder he didn't commit, because Edmonds falsely confessed to the crime when he was 13 years old.


​Five years ago, James Simmons was exonerated of a drug conviction. Three weeks ago he was living in a homeless shelter. Three days ago, he started a $100,000-a-year job at a tech firm.


​Maj. Eric Smith, exonerated of a drug conviction that was based on a contaminated urine sample, is still fighting to erase the reprimand in his Army file that could lead to a discharge and loss of his military pension and other benefits.


​In 2010 James Simmons was exonerated after a false conviction for selling drugs. Five years later, despite a $100,000 job offer, he struggles to make his way out of a homeless shelter.


​A new book by New York Post reporter Reuven Fenton includes detailed accounts of the cases of 10 exonerees from the Registry, and an analysis of factors that contributed to their false convictions.


​Three exonerees will receive compensation under a new Minnesota law which provides up to $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, and—unlike many states—has no cap on compensation for injuries and emotional distress.


​The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia held that Joseph Buffey's constitutional rights were violated in 2002 when the prosecution offered him a plea deal in a rape case but did not disclose DNA evidence indicating he was innocent.

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