case_profilesWrongful Convictions & Injustices

The Justice Project has screened thousands of cases involving claims of wrongful conviction and manifest injustice. It is our mission to help assure that Arizona’s prisons are not housing those actually innocent or otherwise victims of manifest injustice.

Select any profile to read the case study.

donna_bennettDonna Bennett: Donna Jean Bennett was charged with child abuse and felony murder in 1995 following the death of her son, Grayson. At trial, the prosecutor argued that Donna’s roommate…Read more


Larry Bishop ThumbnailLarry Bishop: In 1998, Larry was convicted of first degree murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, and theft. His case was settled on appeal after evidence…Read more


armando_castillo(1)Armando Castillo: The Justice Project is proud to announce that in a courtroom filled beyond capacity, Judge Glenn Davis vacated Armando Castillo’s conviction. Castillo was convicted…Read more


louis_harper(1)Louis Harper: In 1990, at the age of 26, Louis Harper was convicted of possessing a small amount of crack cocaine and selling one $20 rock to undercover officers in the Phoenix area…Read more


Carol Herriman thumbnailCarol Herriman: Convicted of murder, Carol Herriman was The Justice Project’s first exoneree and her case was the Project’s first of several important cases dealing with battered Woman’s…Read more


brandon_jordonBrandon Jordan: Brandon Jordan, convicted for a murder he did not commit, was released on December 6, 2013, with the help of the Arizona Justice Project. Brandon’s case had facts…Read more


Ray Krone ThumbnailRay Krone: The Justice Project did not represent Ray Krone in post-conviction proceedings. However, the Justice Project was involved in a post-mortem analysis of Ray Krone’s case to…Read more


Byron Lacy thumbnailByron Lacy: Byron Lacy was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder. He was EXONERATED after Arizona State University law students and Professor Bob Bartels discovered a bullet hole…Read more


Bill Macumber ThumbnailBill Macumber: In February 2012, a team of lawyers at Perkins Coie assisted the Project and filed a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief, stressing evidence the jury never heard: Ernest…Read more


marjorie_phillipsMarjorie Phillips: MARJORIE PHILLIPS was convicted of a double homicide. She was released after criminal defense attorney Bob Hirsh, Professor Andy Silverman, and a team of law…Read more


Khalil Rushdan ThumbnailKhalil Rushdan: The Federal District Court overturned Khalil Rushdan’s conviction on evidence of vindictive prosecution. Khalil was convicted March of 1997 in Pima County for 1st degree felony…Read more


Betty Smithey ThumbnailBetty Smithey: The Justice Project and Middle Ground Prison Reform achieved amazing success when – after a unanimous recommendation by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency…Read more


Louis Taylor ThumbnailLouis Taylor: Louis Taylor has always maintained his innocence of the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire that took 29 lives. Attorneys from the Arizona Justice Project spent years re-investigating this case…Read more


john_watkinsJohn Watkins: John Watkins was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in Gilbert, Arizona on May 26, 2003. The victim in this case was a 48-year-old unmarried woman, who was…Read more


drayton_wittDrayton Witt: Drayton was convicted in 2002 of second-degree murder after being accused of shaking his nearly 5 month old baby to death. Steven Witt was born a “blue baby” with the umbilical cord…Read more


Michael Levy GroupMichael Levy: At the young age of 25, Michael Levy suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke while serving a five-year prison sentence for possession of methamphetamine for sale in…Read more


Glen HugginsGlen Huggins: The Justice Project and the ASU Post-Conviction Clinic represented Glen Huggins in clemency proceedings. Given his terminal illness, Mr. Huggins met the imminent danger of…Read more