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Innocence Project Northwest

The only resource of its kind in Washington State, the IPNW frees innocent prisoners using DNA and other new evidence. IPNW was founded in 1997 to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education.

IPNW Clinic in the News

  • - KOMO
    Olebar's exoneration began with his wife approaching the Innocence Project Northwest, which is based at the University of Washington Law School.
     
    Two students from the project pulled together evidence that Olebar was not among the people who broke into the home of his sister's boyfriend and beat him unconscious. The students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, tracked down and interviewed three of the assailants, who signed sworn statements admitting their involvement and denying that Olebar was present during the attack.
  • - KPLU
    Olebar is one of the first exonerees to receive a monetary award under a Washington law passed in 2013. The law makes it possible for people wrongfully incarcerated in the state to receive up to $50,000 for each year in prison as well as tuition waivers for themselves and their families to state universities and colleges.
     
    Olebar was able to prove his innocence with the help of the Innocence Project Northwest.
  • - King 5
    Brandon Olebar and his daughter, Creation, both share something in common: Their new lives are just beginning.
     
    Olebar, 31, was released from prison after serving ten years for a burglary and robbery he didn't commit. On Friday, he became the first person to claim a financial award from the state legislature under a new law passed to compensate innocent people sent to prison.
     
    Creation, 30 days old, was born almost exactly nine months after the University of Washington Innocence Project helped set her dad free.
  • - The Seattle Times
    The Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), based out of the clinical-law program at the University of Washington Law School, began reviewing Olebar’s case in 2011.
     
    Two UW law students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, who graduated last year, developed a body of evidence that showed Olebar was not among the people who in February 2003 broke into the home of his sister’s boyfriend and pistol-whipped and beat the man unconscious.
  • - KHQ Measures being considered in the House and Senate would impose an 18-month moratorium on destroying any DNA evidence collected during a felony investigation.
  • - Seattle Times A wrongly convicted King County man is free after 10 years in prison with the help of the Innocence Project Northwest at the UW Law School.
  • - Seattle Times Brandon Olebar was exonerated after two UW Law students, participating in the Innocence Project Northwest, developed a body of evidence that indicated his innocence.

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Last updated 5/5/2014