Larry Ray Swearingen

Larry Swearingen: Executed despite defense contention “provably innocent”

This is the first in a series of cases that Injustice Watch is featuring over coming weeks called “Unrequired Innocence.” Each of the
cases involves defendants given death sentences who have not been exonerated, despite significant evidence that emerged casting doubt on their guilt. The case of Larry Swearingen represents the only one of these cases in which the defendant has been executed.

Karl Fontenot and Thomas Jesse Ward

Ward and Fontenot: “Dream confessions” led to death sentences

This is the third in a series of cases that Injustice Watch is featuring over coming weeks called “Unrequired Innocence.” Each of the
cases involves defendants given death sentences who have not been exonerated, despite significant evidence that emerged casting doubt on their guilt. Thomas Ward and Karl Fontenot have not been exonerated despite evidence that their “dream confessions” are proven fiction.

Unrequited Innocence

In their new study, Injustice Watch co-founder Rob Warden and reporter John Seasly have identified a troubling category of cases: Defendants sentenced to die who have not been exonerated despite significant evidence of their innocence.

Prisoner Review Board considers clemency for woman once sentenced to die

Marilyn Mulero pleaded guilty 26 years ago to a gang-retaliation murder and for years was under a death sentence. But on Wednesday the Illinois Prisoner Review Board considered whether to recommend that Gov. J.B. Pritzker grant Mulero clemency, based on mounting doubts about the conviction. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office argues to leave the conviction intact.