Law students at the Michigan Innocence Clinic celebrated a victory Monday. A judge overturned Jamie Petersonâ??s 1997 rape and murder conviction and ordered a new trial.
â??Word got out quickly to all of our students and the students are just very elated, very happy,â?? Michigan Innocence Director David Moran said. â??For students to get experience like this in a case of this magnitude, it shows what legal clinical education can involve.â??
Now the group will wait for a hearing date to be set, to see if Peterson will be granted bond and when the new trial will begin.
Their work has already led to the arrest of another suspect in the case, Jason Ryan. Ryan is currently awaiting trial.
â??I look forward to the day that Jamie is vindicated completely of these charges, and I think that will happen,â?? said Moran.
The Michigan Innocence Clinic is made up of law students from the University of Michigan. Students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners who have new evidence that may establish their innocence.
Since it opened in 2009, the students have helped exonerate eight wrongfully convicted people.