Innocence Project client Felipe Rodriguez is pictured with his attorneys Nina Morrison (senior litigation counsel at the Innocence Project) and Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma on the day he was exonerated in New York City in December 2019 after seeking justice for nearly 30 years. Felipe was wrongfully convicted of murder based largely on the false testimony of a police informant and because evidence supporting his innocence was unlawfully withheld from his defense attorney. The informant admitted he repeatedly lied to police and had been coerced into implicating Felipe in the crime. A reinvestigation of the case by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office revealed additional evidence in the police file had been unlawfully withheld from Felipe’s defense attorney. In 2017, Felipe was freed from prison after serving 27 years when his sentence was commuted by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Since his release, Felipe has spent time with his son, Felipe Jr., who was just three years old when his father was wrongfully convicted. Felipe works in the hospitality industry and is a member of the Hotel Trades Council Union. He lives with his wife Karen and her two children.
Photo Credit - Sameer Abdel-Khalek for the Innocence Project