Mission Statement: Investigating Innocence is a not-for-profit organization that provides investigative support to indigent inmates, lawyers and Innocence Projects throughout the United States who seek to prove post-conviction claims of actual innocence. To help accomplish this goal, the organization is dedicated to training and educating its members to the highest standards in how to conduct post-conviction investigations. The organization is supported by annual membership dues of private and public investigators, as well as individual and institutional members.
Who We Are: We are a national project whose core membership is comprised of private investigators. We work to free the wrongfully convicted. Many of our members specialize in criminal defense investigation. The Honorary Chairman of our Advisory Board of Private Detectives is private eye Paul Ciolino. Paul’s investigation of wrongful conviction cases has earned him the reputation as America’s top criminal defense investigator. Joining him on the Board are some of the country’s best investigators.
Famed Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden is the Honorary Chairman of our Forensic Science Advisory Board. The Board is also comprised of a divergent group of medical doctors and forensic experts who are available as consulting experts on the cases we accept.
What We Do: Our members are experienced in investigating innocence. Our investigators are licensed to skip trace and locate missing witnesses. Some of our members have specialized training and skills in forensic investigations including crime scene reconstruction; bloodstain pattern analysis; and analyzing forensic evidence. Our investigators are some of the most skilled interviewers of witnesses.
We also have investigators who are experienced in defending shaken baby syndrome cases. With the exoneration of daycare provider Audrey Edmunds in 2008 through the work of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, investigating the convictions of parents and babysitters who have been falsely convicted of shaken baby syndrome is the new frontier of the innocence project. Mainstream science now recognizes many natural causes for subdural and retinal hemorrhages that were once thought to be exclusively caused by shaking a child. We can provide investigative resources of pending cases involving alleged shaking deaths of children.