Innocence Project sends a message
Jan. 6 marked the one-year anniversary of the exoneration of my son, Cody Marble, from a wrongful conviction lasting almost 15 years in a case that should have been stopped right at the beginning.
A week before that, the Montana Innocence Project (MTIP) announced their third exoneration in slightly over one year, with more on the way.
I'm not allowed enough space here to thank everyone who stepped up to help in Cody's case over the years. Certainly, MTIP co-founder and former executive director Jessie McQuillan and investigator Spencer Veysey (deceased), legal director Larry Mansch, staff attorney Toby Cook, attorney Brendan McQuillan, various staff members and a highly distinguished board of directors all played crucial roles. Plus, a legal genius named Colin Stephens of Smith and Stephens jumped on board — pro bono, no less.
These people all prompted the Supreme Court remand to current Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, who did her investigation thoroughly and honorably.
The MTIP does much more than give wrongfully convicted people back their freedom. They also send a message to law enforcement that shoddy investigations and violations will be discovered. They work toward advocating for better laws.
Visit their website at mtinnocenceproject.org and then make a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful nonprofit organization.
-- Jerry Marble, Missoula