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Teshome Campbell


Teshome Campbell was wrongfully convicted of a 1998 Christmas Eve murder when he was 22 years old. Teshome, a black man living in Champaign, IL, was convicted by an all-white jury following a voir dire devoid of racial bias questioning. Teshome notes that he was not afforded a jury of his peers as the jurors were all white and were not from his neighborhood. He served 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, but he never gave up fighting to prove his innocence, utilizing every legal avenue available to him. On January 29, 2016, Teshome was finally exonerated after a federal district court vacated hiss convictions and the State dismissed all charges. Teshome now seeks to use his freedom to educate the public on wrongful convictions and help others who have been wrongfully convicted.