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NCIP E-news: November 2013


Maurice Caldwell delivers signed petition to the Capitol. Photo courtesy of ACLU.

Exoneree Compensation and Juvenile Interrogation Bills Signed into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two NCIP supported bills this past month. SB 618, authored by CA State Senator Mark Leno, eliminates obstacles exonerees face when trying to receive compensation. The bill sets time limits for the DA to respond to claims for compensation and eliminates the additional hearing exonerees had to face in order to reprove their innocence. SB 569 requires police to videotape interrogations of juvenile murder suspects in an effort to prevent false confessions. NCIP's Paige Kaneb testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee in support of this legislation.

NCIP exonerees Franky Carrillo and Maurice Caldwell traveled to Sacramento to urge state representatives to pass these vital bills, and advocated for Californians to sign a petition asking Governor Brown to sign them. This is a big win for California exonerees, NCIP, and all who worked on this legislation.

NCIP In the News
NCIP exonerees and attorneys continue to make news. The LA Times featured George Souliotes in October, reporting on his case and what life has been like since his release in July. SF Weekly profiled Maurice Caldwell in October, covering his wrongful conviction and his life after exoneration. In addition, KPIX CBS broadcast a report on false confessions last Friday, featuring NCIP attorney Maitreya Badami and an NCIP teen false confession case.

Jennifer ThompsonNCIP Reception Featuring Bestselling Author Jennifer Thompson December 12th
You are invited to a reception featuring Jennifer Thompson, New York Times bestselling author of “Picking Cotton,” an incredibly powerful true story of a shocking crime and devastating miscarriage of justice. Jennifer will join us at a reception in Los Gatos on Thursday, December 12th at 6 p.m. hosted by Orla Maclean and co-hosted by Maureen Tabari. We hope you can join us!
More information and tickets here.

JFA-LogoDate Set for Seventh Annual
Justice for All Awards Dinner

Mark your calendar for NCIP's Seventh Annual Justice for All Awards Dinner to be held on March 27th, 2014. This inspirational evening provides the resources for NCIP to free innocent prisoners and reform the criminal justice system. We have an incredible group of honorees including long-time advocate Denise Foderaro Quattrone, Morrison and Foerster's Jim Brosnahan, Los Gatos Police Chief Scott Seaman, and NCIP exoneree George Souliotes. For more information or table and ticket purchases, visit or contact Audrey Redmond at

NCIP Family Welcomes Two New Additions
It’s Boys! NCIP is thrilled to welcome two new baby boys to the family. Maurice Caldwell and his partner Pam recently celebrated the birth of their son Maurice Dawaun Caldwell, who was born September 6th. Little Maurice weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces. Mother, son and family are all doing well. Franky Carrillo and his partner Efty just welcomed Akiva Francisco Carrillo Sharony, who arrived on November 3rd. Mother, son and dad are all well. Congratulations Pam and Maurice and Efty and Franky!


From Left: David Onek, Franky Carrillo, Sen. Mark Leno. Photo by Chris Barrineau.

David Onek Party Welcomes Enthusiastic Crowd
A crowd of more than 100 gathered recently at Executive Director David Onek’s house to support NCIP, with State Senator Mark Leno and NCIP Exoneree Franky Carrillo as featured speakers. Senator Leno spoke about his legislative efforts with SB 618, and Carrillo shared with NCIP supporters his inspiring story. Thanks to all who attended and those who donated their services.


Northern California Innocence Project
Santa Clara University School of Law
900 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: (408) 554-4790| Fax: (408) 554-5440


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