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WV Innocence Project Wins Parole for Imprisoned Man

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – After 18 years behind bars, an innocent man has been released from prison due to the efforts of the West Virginia Innocence Project (WVIP) at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Kenneth Manns was serving a life sentence for first degree murder and sexual assault in Mercer County. Due to faulty forensic evidence, the WVIP obtained a re-sentencing and lesser sentence for Manns, making him immediately eligible for parole. He was released in July, becoming the WVIP’s first client to be granted parole.

WVU public interest law students gaining experience by helping others

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MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—This summer, 15 students from the West Virginia University College of Law are gaining valuable work experience in public interest law while helping those in need.

The students are recipients of a 10-week long Public Interest Advocates (PIA) Fellowship awarded by the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.PIA Fellows work at non-profit legal services organizations and help those living in poverty with complex legal issues in family matters, consumer law, housing, and protection from abuse.

The PIA Fellowship is rewarding personally and professionally for Lia Deane, a rising second-year law student working at Legal Aid of West Virginia in Charleston.

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