Congratulations to volunteer Attorneys at Jenner & Block and the Center on Wrongful Convictions on their success in Juan Rivera's case!
Monday, December 12, 2011
- Organization: Death Penalty Representation Project
The Illinois Appellate Court reversed Juan Rivera's murder conviction, holding that no rational trier of fact could have found Rivera guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Court pointed to the absence of physical evidence, the DNA evidence excluding Rivera, the implausibility of the State's theories offered to explain away the DNA exclusion of Rivera, and the unreliability of jailhouse informant testimony and of Rivera's alleged confession.
Congratulations to the team at Jenner & Block, who partnered with the Center on Wrongful Convictions in trying the case before a jury in 2009, and who worked with the Center and former Northwestern Law professor Larry Marshall on the successful appeal.