Edward Taylor Conviction Vacated After 33 Years Wrongfully Incarcerated

On May 20, 2022, 36 years after his wrongful conviction, Edward Taylor’s wrongful sexual battery conviction was overturned due the State failing to disclose key evidence that would have undermined the victim’s identification—the only evidence against Taylor at his trial. This withheld evidence, in addition to additional evidence pointing to Taylor’s actual innocence, was uncovered by a Conviction Integrity Review (CIR) investigation by Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s Office. The State’s investigation, led by CIR Director Shelley Thibodeau, led the State to agree to a defense motion to vacate the conviction based on this constitutional violation.

After 33 years of wrongful incarceration, Mr. Taylor was released from prison on parole in June 2019 during the pendency of the CIR’s investigation. He was discharged from parole supervision in August 2021, but remained on the sex offender registry before his wrongful conviction was overturned nearly 3 years after his initial release.

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Leonard Cure Exonerated After More Than 16 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned

A little more than a year after beginning review of Leonard Cure's case, the State Attorney's Conviction Review Unit of the 17th Judicial Circuit has fully exonerated him of the convictions that imprisoned him for more than 16 years.

The Innocence Project of Florida's mission is to find and free the innocent in Florida prisons, help exonerees transition back into a changed society, and work to reform the criminal justice system.


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