Cotton's Wrongful Conviction


Summary of the Cotton case

(from the National Institute of Justice Report)


Was Cotton's Case the 'Tip of the Iceberg?'

Here is the full 1996 National Institute of Justice report ("Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science") which cites Cotton as one of 28 wrongly convicted men who were freed after DNA testing proved they were innocent.


Cotton's Compensation?

The state of North Carolina offered him $5,000 for the ten and a half years he was wrongly imprisoned. He refused because he was ... (click for more)


The Innocence Project

This organization, founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, uses volunteer law students and attorneys to review cases of people who say they have been falsely convicted and, when appropriate, arrange for DNA tests that may support claims of innocence.

The Innocence Project
Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law
55 5th Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 790-0368

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