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Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Escaping from the Dark

Matthew Cooke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Technology affords us a new hope. With the advent of the iPhone we're in a national state of shock regarding the incredibly destructive "shoot first" culture of many police departments. This shock could lead to major reform that could uplift and save so many lives.

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Eats Cheeseburger After 36 Years Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime

Michael Hanline spent 36 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. When he was finally released, one of the first things he asked for was a ham...

FBI Unit Gave Flawed Testimony Against Defendants In Almost All Trials Before 2000

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have acknowledged that almost all of the experts in a forensic unit dedicated to ...

Louisiana Frees Inmate From Controversial Life Sentence

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was f...

Jesse Friedman's Case and the Appearance of Impropriety

Perry Binder | Posted 03.10.2015 | College
Perry Binder

In plain English, Judge Corrigan should remove herself from this case to maintain public trust in our judicial system. Such an act is not atypical for judges since they must project the highest level of professionalism in the legal process.

10 Things People Don't Understand About 'Serial' Unless You're a Criminal Attorney

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tamara Shayne Kagel

I've noticed that most people listening to "Serial" don't know some key facts about the criminal justice system. Here are some of the most common misconceptions I've noticed about people's comprehension of the legal system which ultimately we are all beholden to.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

When the Guilty Are (Wrongly) Acquitted

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

We must talk about the wrongful conviction of innocent men and women, to remind ourselves that we need to look closely at a system that is flawed and will sometimes fail. But in that vein, don't we also need to look at the consequences when those who may actually be guilty are acquitted, particularly when they are repeat offenders guilty of violent crimes?

Simon McCormack

'The Worst Of The Worst' Aren't The Only Ones Who Get Executed (INFOGRAPHIC) | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime

A new study suggests that the people put to death in America are hardly the worst of the worst offenders. The study, published in Hastings Law Jour...

Sleep No More

Richard LaGravenese | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Richard LaGravenese

On average, one out of every 25 Death Row inmates are innocent. In developing The Divide, premiering July 16 on WEtv, our attempt to portray their stories as well as those dedicated to the Innocence Project has been a humbling experience.

Are Women Left Behind in Exonerations?

Alison Flowers | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Alison Flowers

While most exonerations involve a crime where someone else is responsible, this often does not hold true in women's cases. For the majority of female exonerations, no crime occurred in the case at all.

Wrong Man Convicted For Rape And Murder Of 3 Native Americans, DNA Suggests

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Crime

Newly obtained DNA evidence proves a drifter serving three life sentences was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of three Native Americans, def...

When the Police Are Out of Control

Thom Nickels | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

We live in an era when getting tough on criminals is seen as a way to fight crime.

"A Millennium for Nothing"

Pia de Jong | Posted 04.26.2014 | Crime
Pia de Jong

Everyone has their own reasons for living in a privileged town like Princeton, New Jersey -- but Jim McCloskey's are different. "I live in Princeton," he says, "because it is located exactly halfway between the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway and the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton."

Knox and Sollecito: Victims of a Prosecutor's 'Conspiracy Theories' to Explain Away DNA

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent of Meredith Kercher's murder. The easiest way for us to clarify their innocence is to examine the case in the context of our work on false confessions and the lessons we have learned from working in the Innocence Movement.

DNA and Death Row

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In this time of economic strain anyone who doesn't look at ways to cut their personal or business budget is just not being responsible. Same goes for the justice system.

"I Saw What You Did -- or Did I?" -- the Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Larry Bodine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Nothing is more compelling than an eyewitness who says in court, "that's him" and points at the defendant. But a growing body of evidence now shows the unreliability of eyewitness testimony -- and the horrendously wrong jury verdicts that eyewitnesses produce.

Finally, a Prosecutor Goes to Jail for Evidence Tampering

David A. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

It was a long time coming, but finally America has reached a milestone in the area of criminal justice. In Texas, a former D.A. has made history by becoming the first prosecutor in U.S. to suffer criminal punishment for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

Mark Godsey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Crime
Mark Godsey

Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife.

Bite-Mark Evidence Challenged, Murder Conviction Overturned

AP | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime

SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man imprisoned for nearly two decades for murder had his conviction overturned Monday after...

This Week In Innocence

Radley Balko | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Two Washington state men will get $10.5 million after spending 17 years in prison for a rape they didn't commit. It's easy to dismiss these exonera...

Stories from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Dick Simon | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Dick Simon

2013-08-27-marchonwashingtondicksimon.jpg While almost everyone who is here in D.C. this week agrees that much has changed since that momentous day, they all are quick to add that there is still more that needs to be done before King's dream is finally realized.

Radley Balko

The Untouchables: America's Misbehaving Prosecutors, And The System That Protects Them | Radley Balko | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS -- Some questions seem particularly prone to set John Thompson off. Here's one he gets a lot: Have the prosecutors who sent him to death r...