After 22 years in prison, 8 years of working on the case, 3 years of post-conviction litigation, and 3 weeks of retrial, it took the jury 30 minutes of deliberation to render a NOT GUILTY verdict for EXI client Edward Garry. This has been a long time coming for Edward, who has been fighting to prove his innocence for over two decades. He was originally convicted based on the false eyewitness identifications of two witnesses to the crime who testified at his re-trial and were not credited by the jury. There was never any corroboration for their mistaken identifications of Garry. At this trial, the defense was able to present evidence that an alternate suspect confessed to the crime in 1996 and was not investigated by the police who wanted to close the case as quickly as possible. After the not guilty verdict was rendered, tearful jurors approached Edward to tell him they were sorry for the injustice he has suffered so far, a wrong which they were able to right today. Edward cannot wait to move on with his life as a fully exonerated free man.
Rebecca, Glenn, and Edward moments after the verdict was read.
Read more about Edward’s case in The New Yorker here.
EXI client Cory Epps is finally a free man after 20 years behind bars!
Cory was convicted of a 1997 road rage murder he did not commit based solely on the testimony of a single eyewitness to the crime. The evidence that proved Cory’s innocence was developed by EXI over the past 7 years and implicated the true killer who, the DA acknowledged, looked “eerily similar” to Cory, exposing the fallibility of eyewitness identification evidence. After a year of aggressive litigation on the part of EXI, the prosecution consented to vacate the conviction and dismiss the case in the eleventh hour on Friday, December 1st.
Cory has fought for his innocence for more than two decades, and EXI is thrilled to see him finally reunited with his family just in time for the holidays.
Cory hugging his wife Jerrihia, seconds after his release from prison.
EXI is thrilled to announce that our client Selwyn Days is finally a free man after 16 years behind bars for two murders he did not commit. Selwyn was exonerated on September 12, 2017, after his fifth trial in a false confession homicide case.
Selwyn’s first and third trials ended in hung juries. His second and fourth trials resulted in convictions, but both convictions were overturned. Selwyn’s fifth trial was the first one in which he was permitted to put on a robust defense, including expert testimony regarding the phenomenon of false confessions and his personal risk factors for false confession. While holding the hands of his attorneys from EXI and the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Selwyn heard for the first time on September 12 that a jury had found him not guilty of the crimes for which he had originally been sentenced to fifty years to life in prison.
EXI and attorneys from Paul Weiss have been working tirelessly on Selwyn’s case for a decade and we are elated to see him reunited with his family, especially his brother Stelwyn (pictured below) who sat through every one of his trials, holding out hope for the brother he knew to be innocent.