Meet the team determined to bring John home


Craig M. Cooley


Craig M. Cooley is a former Investigator with the Appellate Defender's Office in Chicago, Assistant Federal Defender in Las Vegas, and Staff Attorney with the New York Innocence Project. Mr. Cooley has investigated and litigated significant felony, death penalty, and innocence cases for the last 17 years. He has helped prove the innocence of more than a dozen wrongly convicted men with DNA and non-DNA evidence as a law student, investigator, and attorney.

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Cole McConnachie

Cole is a senior at Georgetown majoring in Government. A small town New Jersey native, Cole hopes to bring attention to and rebuild the corrupt and unjust criminal justice system. Cole’s dedication for improving the system comes from her personal and professional connection to the issue. Her experience working for local and congressional political campaigns and at the Senate Majority Press Office has shown her the lack of interest in criminal justice reform from elected representatives.


Andrew Tyrrell

Andrew is a junior exchange student at Georgetown, originally from Dublin, Ireland where he studies Political Science and Economics. Andrew has a passion for social justice, which has manifested in heavy involvement in volunteering organisations both at home and abroad. Studying the US judicial system whilst in DC has opened his eyes to injustices in the world which he hopes to help correct later on.

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Anne Marie Hawley

Anne Marie is a senior at Georgetown studying English and Film. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Anne Marie has pursued her passions for law justice reform during undergrad as a research assistant for Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, her four years competing with Georgetown Mock Trial, and classes in appellate advocacy and legal system psychology.


The Innocence Project

In March 2019, the Innocence Project agreed to sign on to John’s case in a co-counsel capacity and to fund the DNA testing involved in the case.

Founded in 1992, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.


Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative

Georgetown University's Prisons and Justice Initiative was founded to bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and students to examine the problem of mass incarceration from multiple perspectives.

John’s case was chosen in January 2019 as part of the PJI’s “Making an Exoneree” class, led by Marc Howard and Marty Tankleff, himself a former exoneree. The class has already directly contributed to the exoneration of Valentino Dixon in 2018, and we hope John and others will soon join that list.