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Public Officials Call On Rick Perry To Allow DNA Testing For Questionable Execution

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

A group of current and former lawmakers, judges and lawyers is calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to grant DNA testing for a convicted murderer with an ...

Fearing Truth: Why Do Prosecutors Fight Against Post-Conviction DNA Tests?

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

One of the hardest things in the world is to admit a mistake -- and that old saying applies with particular force to mistakes made in this country's criminal justice system.

When Did Convicting the Guilty Become More Important Than Exonerating the Innocent?

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

To foreclose evidence that might prove innocence is not in keeping with the duty of prosecutors. The same vigor that goes into convicting the guilty should be exerted in exonerating the innocent.

A Riddle: Who Saves Lives But Is Not a Doctor?

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

It is difficult for any of us to imagine what it must be like to be convicted, though innocent, and possibly face the death penalty, and then learn there are college kids eager to help in the battle.

Supreme Court Grants Stay of Execution of Henry Skinner

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

One half hour before Henry Skinner was to be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed his execution. I cannot conceive what that same time period must have been like for Mr. Skinner.

Thwarting Justice by Denying DNA Testing

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

I do not write as an advocate for Mr. Skinner, who is scheduled for execution Feb 24th in Texas, but rather as an advocate for our system of justice.