Center on Wrongful Convictions

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Karen Daniel, 1957-2019

Supporters around the country have offered many moving tributes to CWC Director Emerita Karen Daniel, who helped grow the CWC into one of the nation's most successful innocence clinics. Read about her life and impact.


Huwe Burton Exonerated

On January 24, 2019, a Bronx, New York, judge vacated the conviction of our client Huwe Burton, who falsely confessed at age 16 to the murder of his own mother in 1989. "I stand here today for her," Huwe told the judge upon being exonerated.

 Huwe team


Eric Blackmon Exonerated

On January 16, 2019, Illinois prosecutors dismissed first-degree murder charges against our client Eric Blackmon, who served almost 16 years in prison -- despite multiple alibi witnesses who were never called to testify at his trial.

 Eric with CWC team


Marcel Brown Exonerated

On July 18, 2018, Illinois prosecutors dismissed first-degree murder charges against our client Marcel Brown, who was interrogated for 34 hours when he was only 18 until he gave a false confession to murder.

Marcel leaving court


Corey Batchelor and Kevin Bailey Exonerated

 On January 30, 2018, Illinois prosecutors dismissed murder charges against our client Corey Batchelor and his co-defendant Kevin Bailey, who falsely confessed to the 1989 murder of an elderly woman.  


Gabriel Solache Exonerated

On December 21, 2017, murder and kidnapping charges were dismissed against our client Gabriel Solache, a former Illinois death row inmate, and his co-defendant Arturo Reyes -- both of whom had been behind bars for nearly 20 years.  

Gabriel Solache and Karen Daniel


Raymond McCann Exonerated

On December 7, 2017, Michigan prosecutors dismissed charges against our client Raymond McCann, a former police officer who had been wrongly suspected of the 2007 murder of a young girl -- and then wrongly convicted of perjury in 2015 for statements he made during the murder investigation.  "I am at peace now," Raymond said.

Ray McCann and CWC attorney Greg Swygert


Kerry Masterson Exonerated

On November 2, 2017, Kerry Masterson was exonerated after being wrongly convicted of a 2009 robbery and murder that occurred in a candy store on the west side of Chicago, Illinois.  "It was all lies," one witness testified.

Kerry and her CWC attorneys


Charles Johnson, Three Co-Defendants Exonerated

Charles JohnsonOn February 15, 2017, Illinois prosecutors dropped all charges against our client Charles Johnson and his co-defendants Larod Styles, LaShawn Ezell, and Troshawn McCoy -- three of whom had falsely confessed to a 1995 double murder that occurred at a Chicago car dealership.  "When I stepped out of prison, it was a feeling I can't even explain. It's like the air tasted different," said Charles.