SIU law students and the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project help grant the first posthumous exoneration in Illinois

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SIU law students and the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project help grant the first posthumous exoneration in Illinois

January 18, 2019, by Marsha Heller, KVFS12

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(Photo (L to R): S.T. Jamison, Mr. Thompson's nephew; Larry Golden, founding director of the Illinois Innocence Project; Nicole LaForte, SIU Law alumna ('12); Chris Behan, SIU Law professor; Paul Echols, SIUC adjunct professor; and John Hanlon, executive director of the Illinois Innocence Project.)


SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - After years of trying to clear the name of man who arrested, tried and convicted for the stabbing of a 72-year-old Mt. Vernon, Illinois woman, Grover Thompson has received executive clemency.

At the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, January 15 at 2 p.m., the University of Illinois Springfield Illinois Innocence Project held a news conference on Thompson’s exoneration.

Heartland News was at the news conference held in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15.

“Grover Thompson was truly an innocent man,” said Paul Echols, Former Carbondale Police Department Investigations Commander. “Just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the things that happened should not have happened.”

Read the complete story here.

Read more about the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project here.

Read about the SIU Illinois Innocence Project Externship here.