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Michael McLaughlin

'Wrongfully Executed' Man's Family Tries Again To Clear His Name | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.25.2012 | Crime

Relatives of a Texas man they believe was wrongfully executed appealed to state officials on Oct. 24 to posthumously pardon him. The conviction o...

Michael McLaughlin

Man Wrongly Jailed For 27 Years Sings National Anthem At Ballgame | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.19.2012 | Crime

For 27 years, William Dillon proclaimed his innocence while languishing in a prison cell. Few listened. Last night, as a free man, he sang the nati...

Moving Towards a Worldwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
David A. Love

Surely the day will come when the international community declares a moratorium on executions. The death penalty is the ultimate human rights violation. As long as humankind upholds the sentence of death, it tears down its own humanity.

John Rudolf

'I Try Not To Hate': Wrongfully Convicted Man Free After 17 Years | John Rudolf | Posted 07.03.2012 | Crime

LaMonte Armstrong is putting his life back together, piece by piece. But his freedom -- all three days of it -- hasn't been easy. "I'm confused, lo...

Meet the Exonerated

David Protess | Posted 07.22.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The next time you see an exoneree take his first steps to freedom, look past their smiles. Get pissed. Get involved. Make a difference.

Michael McLaughlin

'Texas Wrongfully Executed' An Innocent Man, Judge Wrote In Secret Exoneration | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Crime

A Texas judge who reviewed the controversial 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham planned to posthumously exonerate the father who was put to dea...

John Rudolf

'Outrageous Misconduct' by Prosecutor Frees Man From Life in Prison | John Rudolf | Posted 03.16.2012 | Crime

A Virginia man sentenced to life in prison in 2001 savored his first night of freedom Wednesday after a federal judge overturned his murder conviction...

Texas Court of Inquiry Into Prosecutorial Misconduct Is Big News

Andrea Lyon | Posted 04.22.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

A special investigation has been convened to decide whether a former prosecutor, who is now a judge, hid evidence in a trial in which a man was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder and sent to prison for almost 25 years.

Q&A with Joe Berlinger, Director of West Memphis Three Documentary (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Joshua Kors

"One of the great ironies of this three-film, two-decade mission is that we thought we were making a film about bad children, the inside story of why kids kill."

Law and Disorder: The Psychology of False Confessions

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.13.2012 | Crime
Wray Herbert

Confessions are powerful and damning evidence, which is a good thing if the defendant is guilty. But what if the defendant is innocent?

Zooey Deschanel, Jonah Hill, Other Celebs Compete In Mozilla Firefox Charity Challenge

Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact

Mozilla Firefox has recruited 12 big-name celebs to compete in a one-month fundraising challenge and will grant the winner $25,000 to put toward a fav...

The Death Penalty: Questionable Evidence for Deterrence

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The death penalty is about as divisive an issue as abortion or gun control. Studies are offered by proponents and opponents to both support and condemn both sides of each issue. It is therefore imperative to assess and critique the quality, reliability and validity of the studies.

Public Records Helped Free Texas Man

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime
Kenneth F. Bunting

If you care about good government and justice, now would be a good time to ask if the records that helped to free Michael Morton would be readily available under your state's public disclosure laws.

Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Released After 21 Years In Prison

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man convicted in 1988 of killing a gang member and sentenced to 80 years in prison was released Tuesday after the purported crime's only eye...

Texas To Free Man Imprisoned For Killing Wife

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.03.2011 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP/Huffington Post); Texas prosecutors agreed Monday to release an Austin man sentenced to life in prison in the 1986 beating death...

Why Americans Still Support The Death Penalty

Radley Balko | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Radley Balko

It has long been the conventional wisdom on both sides of the death penalty debate that if a state or the federal government were ever shown to have e...

Journalists: How You Can Localize the Troy Davis Story

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 11.22.2011 | Media
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Experts say human memory is malleable and that eyewitnesses' recollections should be treated with the delicacy of any other crime scene evidence. That doesn't always happen. Here, a resource guide for covering misidentifications and wrongful convictions in your jurisdiction.

Judge: Student Journalists' Emails Must Be Shared

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University must turn over some 500 e-mails that student journalists at the school exchanged with...

Radley Balko

Forensics Fraud: Video Shows 'Bite Mark Expert' Fabricating Evidence | Radley Balko | Posted 11.01.2011 | Crime

On Aug. 9, The Huffington Post reported on the case of Leigh Stubbs, a Mississippi woman serving a 44-year sentence for assault and drug charges. Stub...

Radley Balko

A Fraudulent Conviction? Mississippi Woman Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony | Radley Balko | Posted 10.09.2011 | Crime

Prosecutors in the U.S. often decry what is sometimes called the "CSI Effect." Movies and TV crime dramas like the popular "CSI" franchise on CBS can ...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 3 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.24.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 2 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.22.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...

Radley Balko

Private Crime Labs Could Prevent Errors, Analyst Bias: Report | Radley Balko | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

The Detroit Free Press made an astonishing discovery last month. The city's former crime lab had been abandoned. As the paper reported, "Thousands of ...

Matt Sledge

Compensation Proves Elusive For Men Wrongfully Accused In Park Rape Case | 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...

Medill Innocence Project Accused Of Bad Ethics

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A project designed to expose and fix the errors of the justice system stands accused of committing a few errors itself. Prosecutors allege that the M...