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Wyoming Man Freed After 23 Years, with Help from Anderson, RMIC

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Jensie Anderson, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), recently helped free a Wyoming man, Andrew J. Johnson, who served 23 years in prison for rape.

 Johnson is the first person to be freed under a new Wyoming law that allows people to challenge convictions using DNA evidence.

According to a Salt Lake Tribune article,  RMIC lawyers “have pushed for more than a decade to free Johnson. The center succeeded in changing Wyoming law in 2008 to allow DNA testing, even years after a trial, with an eye toward pressing Johnson’s innocence claims.” 

"The problem was, early on we recognized that there was DNA evidence that could be tested, but there was no way to get back into court," Anderson told The Tribune.

To date, articles about Andrew Johnson's exoneration have appeared in the Houston Chronicle,  Albany Times Union, Billings Gazette, and Casper Star-Tribune