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PA Innocence Project at Temple Law to Work With DA’s Office on Conviction Reviews

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has announced the creation of a Conviction Review Unit within his office, which will investigate claims of actual innocence that have been vetted by the PA Innocence Project at Temple Law.

The initiative was praised by PA Innocence Project Legal Director Marissa Bluestine, who cited the National Exoneration Registry in noting that last year, 33 of 87 known exonerations of the actually innocent were obtained at the initiative of or cooperation with law enforcement. 

District Attorney Williams has appointed 27-year veteran prosecutor Mark Gilson to lead the unit.  "We are looking forward to working with Mr. Gilson and his staff to give full evaluation to those cases where there is a colorable claim of actual innocence," said Director Bluestine.  "We believe that all of the evidence should be reviewed dispassionately and objectively to determine the truth, and that this unit embodies the prosecutor's unique role as a minister of justice rather than a mere crusader for convictions."

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