Montana Innocence Project client Katie Garding was wrongfully convicted ten years ago. She has two sons. Carson, 18, has lived with his grandparents since Katie’s wrongful incarceration. Eli, 10, was just born when she was charged with vehicular homicide. Katie selflessly gave Eli up for adoption upon realizing she may be wrongfully convicted. Garding is currently in a pre-release center and is hopeful she will get to celebrate Mother’s Day with Carson next year. Katie spoke with us about being a mom, her experience as an incarcerated parent, and what life lessons she hopes to teach Carson when they are finally reunited.
We are excited to share the news that the United States District Court for the District of Montana, Missoula Division found in favor of our client Katie Garding yesterday on her claim that she received ineffective assistance of counsel, violating her Sixth Amendment right to counsel. This decision means Katie’s conviction could be overturned! Read more at the link in our bio.
The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the denial of our client Aaron Oliphant’s Petition for Post Conviction Relief. Read more at the link in our bio, and please keep the Oliphants in your thoughts.
Read our 2022 Annual Report at the link in our bio!
Council of State Governments researchers Alison Martin and Matt Herman sat down with us to discuss racial equity and increasing race data availability in Montana’s criminal legal system. Listen at the link in our bio or by searching “Unpacking Injustice” on most podcast listening platforms!
Check out the story linked in our bio highlighting the vital work of law students Brandy Keesee and Annabelle Smith on our client Bernard Pease's case and his recent parole win.