Dead Wrong

HATTIESBURG — Larry Ruffin spent 23 years behind bars for a rape and murder that DNA shows he did not commit, but he will never walk free from prison. He died in 2002. “Every time I think about it, tears come to my eyes,” said Ernestine Arrington, Ruffin’s sister. The Innocence Project pushed for the …

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Arizona Justice Project Lawyer Honored

Arizona Justice Project lawyer honored Phoenix lawyer Larry Hammond, an advocate for death-penalty fairness, will receive the Morris Dees Justice Award in New York City on Nov. 18. Among other things, Hammond has worked to correct systemic problems in death-penalty cases and for representing death-penalty defendants. Hammond started the Arizona Justice Project and helps lead …

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News About the Bill Macumber Case

Arizona Governor Refuses To Explain Clemency Ruling Despite a recommendation for release by the Arizona Executive Board of Clemency, Gov. Jan Brewer refuses to explain why she will not release convicted killer Bill Macumber from prison.In its report to the governor last August, the state’s clemency board said there is “substantial doubt that Mr. Macumber …

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Rockford Man Fights to Get his Brother out of Arizona Prison

An Arizona man with Rockford ties is still in prison for a crime the Clemency Review Board there says he didn’t commit.  William Macumber was sent to prison in 1975, part of his family lives in Rockford now and is fighting for his release. Read More

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest Honors The Justice Project

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest honored The Justice Project on May 9, 2009, for providing pro bono representation to indigent Arizona inmates with claims of wrongful conviction. Larry Hammond, Bob Bartels, Andy Silverman, Donna Toland, and Carrie Sperling received the special honor for their dedication to representing the wrongfully convicted.