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November 2016
FEATURED CASE 

The Wilmington Ten
1,931 EXONERATIONS
 
Since the September 2016 Newsletter:
   a total of 47 exonerations added 
28 new exonerations & 19 newly discovered

 
NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 
  Brian Banks    Franky Carrillo  Helen Prejean
   Exoneree          Exoneree             Activist

The Wilmington Ten

 
In 1971, in a period of sometimes violent racial confrontations, somebody firebombed a white-owned grocery store in Wilmington, North Carolina, and shot at firefighters who responded. A year later, a black minister and nine young activists were falsely convicted of these crimes and sentenced to long terms in prison. The convictions were reversed in 1980, after the main prosecution witnesses admitted that they lied. But the Wilmington Ten were not exonerated until the governor pardoned them 2012—forty years after conviction—and we only added them to Registry two weeks ago. Click here to read more.
New Advisory Board Members
The Registry is honored to announce three new additions to our advisory board. We thank them for supporting the registry.  
Brian Banks was 16 years old and poised to accept a scholarship from USC when he was falsely convicted of kidnapping and raping a classmate. Banks served more than five years in prison and another five monitored as a registered sex offender before he was exonerated with the help of the California Innocence Project. Today, Brian Banks is an activist working to prevent wrongful convictions, a nationally recognized motivational speaker, and life coach.
Francisco (Franky) Carrillo was 16 when he was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in Los Angeles. Empowered by his belief in himself, the judicial system and his faith, he worked to prove his innocence. Franky’s efforts finally came to fruition when he was exonerated 2011. After a period of grappling with the realities of injustice, he re-emerged as a champion of equality and justice. In 2016, Franky graduated from Loyola Marymount University. He is now married and the proud father of two sons.
Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun and a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. Sister Helen has written two best-selling books: Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents. She is the honorary chairperson of the Moratorium Campaign, and the public face of the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. She counsels both inmates on death row and families of murder victims.
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