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Exonerations Of The Wrongfully Convicted Hit Record High In 2014

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 01.27.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2014 climbed to a record high of 125, in part because of efforts by prosecutors...

Michael McLaughlin

Wrongfully Convicted African-Americans Wait Longer For Exoneration

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.04.2014 | Crime

It took 18 years for DNA evidence to surface that cleared Derrick Williams of a rape and attempted kidnapping in Florida. Prosecutors had relied on th...

On and Off Executions Are Unconstitutional

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Can there be any doubt that having one's execution scheduled, then postponed, then scheduled again and postponed again over and over is "cruel and unusual punishment"?

WATCH: Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Wants Apology After 24 Years Behind Bars

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 1989, Jonathan Fleming was convicted of a Brooklyn murder that from day one he insisted he did not commit. After nearly 25 years behind bars, Flemi...

Michael McLaughlin

A Record Number Of Inmates Were Exonerated Last Year For Crimes They Didn't Commit

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime

Nicole Harris' boyfriend woke up from a nap in 2005 and found her 4-year-old son, Jaquari, with an elastic band from a bed sheet wrapped around his th...

Counties That Send The Most People To Death Row Show A Questionable Commitment To Justice

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Last week, I looked at a recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) which finds that the vast majority of executions and death row in...

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

Missouri's Culture Of Conviction

Radley Balko | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

This week, a state appeals court in Missouri vacated the conviction of 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson. In 2005, Ferguson was convicted for the murder of Ke...

Michael McLaughlin

The Wrongly Imprisoned Are Getting More Help From Forces That Locked Them Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.05.2013 | Crime

Prosecutors and police cooperated more than ever before in 2012 to free people falsely convicted of crimes they didn't commit, according to a new stud...

Does the Prosecution Win If Justice Loses?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The question often arises as to the role of the prosecution when substantial errors have occurred which challenge the very fairness of the convictions and suggest that a defendant may be innocent.

Exonerated Man's First Day Of Freedom

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 09.25.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A former gang member imprisoned for 19 years for a murder he didn't commit has been exonerated and set free. John Edward Smith, wearin...

Shocking Number Of Wrongful Convictions In U.S. Courts Revealed

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.20.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the United States in the past 23 years...

Matt Sledge

Compensation Proves Elusive For Men Wrongfully Accused In Park Rape Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- When police in New York are accused of misconduct, the city usually likes to settle quickly and quietly. New York City dished out $117 mil...

Why Should a Person Wrongly Convicted Be Required To Sue For Compensation?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Why should a person who has been wrongly convicted, declared innocent, acquitted and exonerated have to prove anything in order to be compensated? Every state should have mandatory compensation in all such cases.

Is It Time to Execute the Death Penalty?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The arguments for and against have raged for years, but the discussion is relevant now more than ever because Governor Pat Quinn has it within his power to end the death penalty in Illinois.

Blinded by Tunnel Vision: What the Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham Can Teach Us About Wrongful Convictions

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

Even when there is compelling evidence of actual innocence, it can be almost impossible to shake a mistaken but firmly held belief in a convicted person's guilt.