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Resource ID: #27662
Subject: Wrongful Convictions
Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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Date: Jan. 6, 24, April 11, May 16, 21, June 17, 20 July 10 Aug. 30, 2015

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Christmas week Alaska Natives and other supporters cheered as the Fairbanks Four were freed after serving 18 years for a murder committed by others who've been identified through new and old confessions. Release came through a settlement following a contentious five-week evidentiary hearing forced by Alaska Innocence Project. That effort arose from UAF Journalism Professor Brian Patrick O'Donoghue's, student-assisted, 14-year investigation of a local teen's fatal 1997 beating. When the professor was forced to the sidelines defending his reputation in July, court-savvy undergraduate Julia Taylor tweeted 25 days of hearings that backed up more than a decade of coverage about flaws in the original case identified through UAF Journalism's Hartman Justice Project public-service investigation.

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