Entries tagged with “Clifford Williams Jr.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Apr 03, 2020

2019 Exoneration Report: Official Misconduct and Perjury Remain Leading Causes of Wrongful Homicide Convictions

Official mis­con­duct and per­jury or false accu­sa­tion con­tin­ue to be the main rea­sons inno­cent men and women are wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed in America, accord­ing to the 2019 annu­al report by the National Registry of Exonerations. That mis­con­duct, the report indi­cates, is most preva­lent in cas­es involv­ing the most seri­ous crim­i­nal charges.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Recent Legislative Activity

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Jun 11, 2020

Florida Governor Signs Bill Authorizing $2.15 Million Compensation for Death-Row Exoneree Imprisoned 43 Years

Florida death-row exoneree Clifford Williams, Jr. (pic­tured), who was freed in 2019 after spend­ing 43 years in prison, will receive $2.15 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion from the state of Florida under a bill signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 9, 2020. The bill, specif­i­cal­ly tai­lored to com­pen­sate Williams, unan­i­mous­ly passed both cham­bers of the Florida leg­is­la­ture in March.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Mar 29, 2019

Florida Man Exonerated 42 Years After Wrongful Conviction and Death Sentence

Forty-two years after he and his nephew were wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed of mur­der in Florida and he was sen­tenced to death, Clifford Williams, Jr. (pic­tured) has been exon­er­at­ed. Submitting a report from its Conviction Integrity Unit that found no cred­i­ble evi­dence of guilt and … cred­i­ble evi­dence of inno­cence,” Duval County pros­e­cu­tors asked a Jacksonville tri­al court to dis­miss all charges against Williams, now 76 years old, and his nephew, Nathan Myers, now 61. Williams is the 165th for­mer death-row pris­on­er to be exon­er­at­ed in the United States since 1973.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Feb 05, 2024

Two Death Row Exonerees Passed Away in January 2024

Two of the 196 peo­ple who have been exon­er­at­ed from death row in the U.S. died in a two-week span in January 2024. Their cas­es high­light the human costs of wrong­ful con­vic­tions and the chal­lenges faced by exonerees. Clifford Williams, Jr. (pic­tured, left), who was wrong­ful­ly incar­cer­at­ed for 42 years in Florida, died January 11, less than five years after he was freed. Michael Graham, Jr. (pic­tured, below), who spent 14 years on death row in Louisiana before being exon­er­at­ed in 2000, died January 24.