Montana Innocence Project client Aaron Oliphant and his best friend Ernie met when they were teenagers. They remain close to this day despite Aaron being wrongfully convicted of aggravated assault on a minor in 2016 based on the unproven hypothesis of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and sentenced to the maximum term of 20 years. Aaron shared with us how they met and how their friendship has lasted so long.
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.