Case Profiles

The Arizona 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.

Michael Levy

Case Profile Michael Levy Suffered brain aneurysm while serving 5-year sentence for possession of meth At the young age of 25, Michael Levy suffered a

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Drayton Witt

Case Profile Drayton Witt Case dismissed with prejudice Drayton was convicted in 2002 of second-degree murder after being accused of shaking his nearly 5 month

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John Watkins

Case Profile John Watkins Mis-Identification – Misconduct by Police – Exonerated by DNA John Watkins was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in Gilbert,

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Louis Taylor

Case Profile Louis Taylor Spent 42 years in prison for arson he did not commit Longtime Arizona Justice Project client, Louis Taylor, was freed April

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Betty Smithey

Case Profile Betty Smithey Granted absolute discharge after 48 years Betty Smithey went to prison for murder when John F. Kennedy was president (1963). She

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Khalil Rushdan

Case Profile Khalil Rushdan Granted Relief on the Claim of Vindictive Prosecution The Federal District Court overturned Khalil Rushdan’s conviction on evidence of vindictive prosecution.

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