Law Offices of Thomas Hoffman
250 West 57th Street Suite 1020
New York NY 10019
Phone 212-581-1180, cell-917-589-6156
Exonerated over time
From brothers being freed after 25 years of lockup to the Salem Witch Trials, we've compiled a list of cases that were corrected over time.
Abiding by a request from their lawyer not to "hoot and holler" upon hearing the news, brothers Raymond and Thomas Highers walked out of a Detroit courthouse as free men on Sept. 26 for the first time in 25 years. The Highers were convicted in 1988 of fatally shooting Robert Karey the year before, a crime they insist they didn't commit. Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon threw out the brothers' first-degree murder convictions based on new testimony from witnesses who didn't come forward at the time. One witness, John Hielscher, said he was frightened to say anything at the time and that two decades passed before he learned that the Highers had been convicted.