Greg Taylor Declared Innocent After Serving 17 Years in Prison

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First Person in U.S. History To Be Declared Innocent

Greg Taylor is the first man in United States legal history ever to be declared innocent. This is different than "not guilty." When someone is "not guilty," the state failed to prove its case. When someone is "innocent," that means there never was any evidence against him. Greg Taylor was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison based upon false evidence and the withholding of other evidence by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).  This evidence would have proved him completely innocent had it been provided to his defense counsel at trial.

Our firm was selected by Greg to represent him in certain civil claims he now has against the SBI and others. This will require thorough preparation and a complete review of all facts relating to his innocence. Although he spent 17 years in jail, Greg never had a single infraction against him by the Department of Corrections. He also completed two Associate's Degree programs with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The persistence of Greg's father in convincing lawyers to take another look into his case led to him finally being released from prison. By that time, he had missed 18 Father's Days with his daughter, every Christmas, and had a grandson he had never seen.

There is much more to Greg's story.  To read more, see the links below.

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North Carolina Crime Lab Withheld Test Results in More Than 200 Cases

CNN, January 27, 2010

Judges Free Inmate on Recommendation of Special Innocence Panel

New York Times, February 17, 2010

Taylor Declared Innocent After Years in Prison

ABC Eyewitness News February 17, 2010

Taylor, Now Free: 'Truth Has Prevailed'

WRAL, February 17, 2010