Injustice Xhibition


27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit...

In 1976, Earl Truvia and his co-defendant, Gregory Bright were convicted of the second degree murder of Elliot Porter. After a trial that lasted less than a day, the jury deliberated for less than 112 minutes and found both men guilty. In 2001, the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) agreed to accept the case after an extensive screening and investigation process that revealed that the two men were indeed innocent.

IPNO's investigation revealed that the real perpetrators of the crime had been pursued by police, only to be completely abandoned for a tip from a woman who would later become the only evidence for the prosecution. The witness, testifying under a false name, was a schizophrenic and a prostitute who provided "tips" to police in exchange for keeping her out of trouble. Neither the pursuit of other suspects or the background of the witness were turned over to the defense, thus creating grounds for IPNO to file for a reversal of their sentences based on suppression of evidence in 2002.

In 2003, Eddie Jordan's office, true to the newly elected district attorney's commitment to the fair and impartial administration of justice, reviewed the voluminous record and painstakingly revisited the evidence. On June 23, 2003, the district attorney decided that the case against Mr. Bright and Mr. Truvia should be dismissed, ending a 27 year nightmare for Greg and Earl.

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