innocence project

Courtesy of the Western Michigan University Cooley School Innocence Project / Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

A Detroit man spent over 41 years in prison. In June, he became a free man and his conviction was vacated thanks in large part to the work of the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project. LeDura Watkins was convicted of first degree murder in 1976.


A bill introduced in the state Senate today would pay people who are wrongfully sent to prison, matching efforts in 30 other states where such laws already are in place. In Michigan, similar bills have failed in previous years, but supporters say the idea is gaining acceptance across the country. (Detroit Free Press)

Jeff Titus was convicted after "cold case" investigation of the murders