Howard Dudley Embraces His Freedom: Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed After 23 Years in Prison

Duke Law's Wrongful Convictions Clinic and the Innocence Project celebrated the hard-earned freedom of clinic client Howard Dudley. He was freed in early March 2016 after a judge ruled that he had no confidence in Dudley's 1992 trial. Dudley served 23 years in prison after his conviction for allegedly sexually assaulting his 9-year-old daughter. Additionally, the judge found that Dudley's daughter's recantation of the allegation was credible, and in fact no abuse occurred. Professors from the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, as well as clinic students, walked through what led to Howard's conviction and how he eventually achieved his freedom. There was also a discussion of the reintegration process, and what the road ahead for Howard holds.

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