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I guess on balance it's a good thing that we're finally reassessing these types of evidence, but ideally the caution and humility we're now seeing would come a lot earlier in the process -- perhaps even before the expert takes the stand in a serious criminal case.
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Thousands of individuals who were subjected to harsh penalties as children now have the possibility of release. The question now remains of what their future entails.
When prosecutors and judges feel comfortable sending each other racist and sexually explicit emails for fun, something is wrong. This same cozy and corrupt system allowed my innocence to be swept under the rug for years. It's time for accountability and justice for me and so many others who have suffered from wrongful convictions.
Children are different from adults and require more protection, especially against the power of the state and the court. If the justice system had protected Brendan's rights in an age-appropriate manner, his case would have been handled very differently.
The ten-episode Netflix documentary Making a Murderer has captivated viewers since its premiere, and left many stunned as to how the justice system failed Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.
In a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is a deceptively simple line that should affect, and in many cases, transform the way Americans think about juveniles who kill. At the heart of the 2012 groundbreaking case, Miller v. Alabama, said the Court, is the idea, proven by neuroscience and behavioral research, that "children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change."