All posts tagged: Innocence Project

Michale Callahan,ImaginePublicity

Michale Callahan,Author of “Too Politically Sensitive,” Appearances and Events

Through his book, Too Politically Sensitive, Michale Callahan recounts his experiences of exposing corruption and misuse of power. This true story is about his fight to search for the truth, no matter where it may lead, to search for real killers and help free two innocent men he learned were railroaded into prison. His actions led to the Defenders of the Innocents award from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project. His battle led to the United States Supreme Court, where he continues to fight for his and every American’s First Amendment protection, the freedom of speech. In 2006, he received The Edmund Burke Award from the National Lawyers Association, which was inscribed, “A good man who did something to prevent the triumph of evil.” Callahan continues to speak out, and Too Politically Sensitive continues to open the eyes of the public to the fact that there is corruption in the judicial system at many levels which often points the finger of justice at the wrong person. Michale Callahan will be presenting and signing books at the following …

True Crime Uncensored: “Too Politically Sensitive” Author Michale Callahan

Listen Live Saturday via Outlaw Radio 2pm PT/5pm ET and the re-broadcast 7am ET  Sunday morning on Errorfm.com Brave Cop Fights to Free Two Men Wrongly Convicted of Murder! In 2000, Michale Callahan was the newly promoted Investigations Commander over a nine county area in East Central Illinois. His first assignment, to review the fourteen-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads, would change his life forever, shattering his faith in the department he had loved and had dedicated his life to. Rumblings from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and an impending show on CBS’s 48 Hours were that two men had been wrongfully convicted for these murders. This attention drew deep concern from the corrupt administration of Governor George Ryan and the politically compromised command of the Illinois State Police. During his career Lieutenant Michale Callahan had helped to put more than his fair share of criminals behind bars, but little did he know that the biggest adversaries he would ever face were those within …

A Look At Wrongful Convictions: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Johnnie Lee Savory

Tune in Tuesday, August 16th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Johnnie Lee Savory, wrongful conviction advocate and information specialist to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. FEATURING THE MUSIC OF VARIOUS ARTISTS It was early 1977 when the life of a 14 year old was turned completely upside down. There was a double murder and investigators dragged the 14 year old Johnnie Lee Savory into an absolute nightmare. There were witnesses and evidence proving that Johnnie was not the murderer of his friend and friend’s sister but it was not enough to stop his 50 – 100 year original prison sentence. Johnnie would end up spending 30 years of his life behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Furthermore, the State of Illinois has denied multiple requests for DNA testing of evidence that would exonerate Johnnie. According to The Innocence Project, there have been 273 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States. According to the same organization, DNA tests prove that nine Chicago teenagers were convicted in the 1990s of murders they did not commit. …

A Voice for the Innocent: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes True Crime Author and Crime Novelist Diane Fanning

Tune in Tuesday, June 21st at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY For some of us, the inspiration to do something comes from a motivation of a role model. In the case of Diane Fanning, a frightening and near abduction of herself at the age of 9 set a “lifelong interest in the psychology of the criminal mind.” A winner of the Innocence Project’s Defenders of the Innocent Award for her book about a Texas serial killer that helped exonerate Julie Rea of Lawrenceville, Diane has become a highly accomplished and well respected crime author. The author of over a dozen books, Diane continues to draw readers not only interested in mystery and crime, but readers in search of real justice. Her latest book MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL recounts the life and death of 2 year old Caylee Anthony. It’s available at all online and local book retailers.  Diane has recently been featured on TruTv, Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro, The Joy Behar Show, and several talk radio shows around the country covering the Casey Anthony Trial. For …

Diane Fanning Receives “Defenders of the Innocent Award” From Innocence Project

  Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary On Monday May 16th, from 5-7 p.m., the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at the Inn at 835 So. Second Street. Four individuals will receive this year’s Defenders of the Innocent Awards:  U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill) for helping facilitate a Dept. of Justice grant (one of the largest grants in UIS’ history) that establishes a post-conviction DNA testing assistance program for prisoners seeking DNA evidence to prove actual innocence; former State Police Crime Scene investigator Alva Busch for his work exonerating Belleville resident Keith Harris; true crime author Diane Fanning, whose book about a Texas serial killer exonerated Julie Rea of Lawrenceville; and former State Police Investigation Commander Michale Callahan (author of Too Politically Sensitive) whose efforts to re-investigate a Paris, IL double murder case helped exonerate Herb Whitlock. “This will be a celebration for all those who have helped make the last ten years a success”, said Larry Golden, one of the founding members of the Project. …