Investigating Innocence

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Investigating Innocence founder Bill Clutter (center) with exoneree Ryan Ferguson and case coordinator David Camm

Investigating Innocence is a national nonprofit wrongful conviction advocacy organization that provides criminal defense investigations for inmates.[1] Investigating Innocence was founded in 2013 by private investigator Bill Clutter to assist nationwide Innocence Project groups in investigating innocence claims. “Once we have a case that meets our criteria, we’ll put private investigators to work on it. A lot of these cases need investigators,” said Kelly Thompson, executive director of Investigating Innocence.[2] Prior to his work on Investigating Innocence, Clutter was one of the founders of the Illinois Innocence Project.[3] Investigating Innocence also has a board composed of exonerees that reviews incoming cases. [2]

One of the organization’s most prominent cases was the exoneration of David Camm, a former Indiana state trooper who was wrongfully convicted of the murders of his wife and two children. Approximately five years after he was arrested, DNA evidence identified a convicted felon named Charles Boney as having been at the crime scene. Boney is currently serving 225 years for the murders.[4] After his release, Camm was hired as a case coordinator for Investigating Innocence. His first case for the organization was Darlie Routier, who was convicted of the murders of her two sons in 1997.[1] Barry Scheck, founder of the Innocence Project, commended the group for their work on the Camm case at the Innocence Network Conference in Portland, Oregon: "Bill Clutter and his whole group and everybody who got behind it did a fantastic job," said Scheck.[5]

Other prominent Investigating Innocence members are exoneree Randy Steidl, exoneree Ray Krone, private investigator Paul J. Ciolino, Cyndy Short, a Kansas City attorney who recently freed Reggie Griffin, Dr. Michael Baden, and his wife, attorney Linda Kenney Baden.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Camm working with nonprofit advocating for inmates". RTV6. December 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dettro, Chris (July 27, 2013). "Fundraiser set for Investigating Innocence group". The State Journal Register. 
  3. ^ Krajelis, Bethany (April 25, 2009). "The project's focus in innocence". Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Jaimie (2013-01-23). "Latest evidence in third David Camm murder trial focused on Charles Boney". wave3.com. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Stephan (Apr 13, 2014). "David Camm attends Innocence Network Conference". WDRB. 
  6. ^ "Members". Investigating Innocence. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official site