October 2012
Innocence Matters - The print version is available on-line.

In This Issue


By the Numbers

 .Florida has exonerated 13 innocent men based on DNA testing.

Collectively, they spent 259 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

They spent 20 years on average locked away.

5 have been compensated by the State of Florida.

1 died in prison before the State agreed to testing.

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From the Executive Director: The Next Ten Years

Seth Miller, Esq., Executive DirectorIn our first ten years, the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) has come a long way from a stairwell landing in the Cawthon House at Florida State University College of Law to our current offices on Park Avenue, from our founding staffers toiling under a filing deadline with literally no funds to support the work to a team of seven who are litigating cases throughout Florida.

We have grown into a premier justice organization, and we could not have done it without the hard work of our former and current staff, investigators, interns, and board of directors as well as the faithful support hundreds of generous contributors. Rather than use this space to recount the numerous successes of the last ten years (many of which were against extremely long odds), I wanted to give you a window into where I hope to lead IPF in the next decade in three specific areas of our work. Read More.

Florida Exoneree, William Dillon, Sang National Anthem at Tampa Bay Rays Game

William Dillon sang National Anthem at Tampa Bay Rays game.Thousands looked on as William Michael Dillon smoothly belted out the national anthem before the Tampa Bay Rays’ game at Tropicana Field. Nearly four dozen IPF staff, interns, board members, fellow-exonoree Derrick Williams, and their families stood proudly as Dillon sang and then threw out the first pitch.

“What an incredible honor,” said Dillon. “I knew I had to really focus so I wouldn’t choke up emotionally. After the first couple of bars, I was fine.”

Because Dillon made such a wonderful impression on the Fox Network, Fox & Friends invited him to appear on the show twice later that week.

You can see more pictures from the evening here and watch the video here.

Dillon released a CD of original songs, Black Robes & Lawyers, in 2011. It is amazing and currently available on amazon.com.

We're Planning Steppin' Out 2013

The next Steppin’ Out with the Innocence Project of Florida is scheduled for April 5, 2013, at the Four Seasons in Miami.

If you’d like to get involved in planning our 10th Anniversary celebration, please contact Jackie Pugh, 850.561.6767 or jpugh@floridainnocence.org.

The print version of Innocence Matters is available online. Click here.

Learn more about wrongful convictions at www.floridainnocence.org

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