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The Boston Marathon Tragedy: One Mom's Chain of Events

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

My 12-year-old son was the first to inform me of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. He received an auto-update from SportsCenter.

Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector

Zach Hindin | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Hindin

We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The point Mamet appears to be making in the HBO movie is that innocence is not a pure state of being to be detected by a jury of one's peers.

Athletes Cheat and Get Punished, But Prosecutors Cheat and Get Promoted

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Given that prosecutors occupy a special "quasi-judicial" function, it would seem that a special disciplinary body should be created to investigate misconduct by prosecutors similar to the special disciplinary bodies that investigate the misconduct of judges.

ProPublica On Prosecutor Accountability In New York City

Radley Balko | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

The investigative journalism outfit finds . . . that there is none. The report starts with anecdote about Claude Stuart, a city prosecutor who lost...

The End of Innocence

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

The precise moment my own innocence was lost is a mystery. To which it is doomed to stay for as much as I reflect back on my youth I simply cannot -- will not? -- process the required innocence-losing memories.

Ken Anderson Court of Inquiry Shows Prosecutorial Misconduct at its Worst

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Arrogant, defiant, and dishonest, Anderson's alleged misconduct in Morton's trial, and his present attempt to justify his deceit of court, jury, and defense counsel, typifies the worst in prosecutors.

In Celebration of Do-Nothing Days

Kristin Shaw | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Most of my days are made up of minutes crowding out minutes; seconds squeezed up against each other like matchsticks in a box. As often as we can manage, my son and I celebrate do-nothing days. Nothing is planned and anything is possible.

Lawmaker In State With Most Death Row Exonerations . . . Wants To Speed Up Executions

Radley Balko | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz is fed up with death row inmates and their endless appeals. Florida has a broken death penalty system, delaying justi...

The Innocence Penalty

Radley Balko | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

After serving 15 years in prison for the crime of sexually assaulting his two children, a Utah judge has declared Kevin George Peterson factually inno...

The Agony of a Lost Blankie

Christine Organ | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

As my husband and I kiss our son goodnight, I say a silent prayer of gratitude that tonight will not be the night that he is separated from his Blankie. That tonight will not be a night filled with tears. That tonight will not be the night he is forced to say goodbye to his best friend.

Radley Balko

Timeline Of The Steven Hayne-Michael West Era In Mississippi | Radley Balko | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Steven Hayne and Michael West have been serving as expert witnesses in the courtrooms of Mississippi (and to a lesser degree, Louisiana) for more than...

The New York Times Looks At Steven Hayne

Radley Balko | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

I've been reporting on the unfolding criminal justice disaster in Mississippi involving Steven Hayne and Michael West for several years now, including...

A Massive Mess of Forensics

Radley Balko | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

How is it that our courts have for decades now allowed the use of bad science to put citizens in prison -- or even to send them to their deaths? Why is it that junk science can so easily slip into the courtroom during a criminal trial?

The Truth About Santa

CT Working Moms | Posted 02.23.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

He is not someone who lives at the North Pole, makes toys, drinks hot cocoa and hangs out with elves, flying reindeer and Mrs. Claus. But he is real.

No One Would Touch These Children -- But Someone Did

Amanda King | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

Those children. How can this have happened? How can this be real?

The Season of Innocence

Kara Gebhart Uhl | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Kara Gebhart Uhl

As a mother who holds innocence dear, and is OK with a white lie for the young, I love this season.

1,022 and Counting

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Here's a terrific video from Reason on the National Registry of Exonerations at Northwestern University. The registry itself makes for fascinating br...

Morning Links: UN vs. Legal Pot, Georgia Can't Fire Bad Cops, Puppycide in Colorado

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- In Kentucky, a year in jail for not believing in God. -- The United Nations wants the Obama administration to boot the boot down on Colorado and W...

Look What You Can Do

MC Hammer | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
MC Hammer

I'm honored to be lending my time to the Yes on 34 campaign and to help them share the facts with California voters about the real costs of the death penalty. But with just two weeks left until the election, we need your help now to spread to word far and wide.

WATCH: Miroslav Volf: America

Travis Reed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Travis Reed

On the moralizing framework and the blissful innocence that is puzzling to many about America.

But Officer, You've Got the Wrong Guy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The press, and people I talk to, largely believe that by giving up the fight Armstrong is admitting guilt. Yet this is wrong, deeply wrong.

Radley Balko

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Slashes Funding For Innocence Commission | Radley Balko | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

Since 1973, 23 death row inmates in the state of Florida have been exonerated. The state has seen another 12 exonerations for serious crimes since the...

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.

PHOTOS: Back In Time In Myanmar

Sam Gellman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Travel
Sam Gellman

in Myanmar, villagers never ask for money to have their picture taken. This is especially noteworthy because the country is terribly poor.

The Price of Freedom

David Protess | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

What do we owe an innocent prisoner after he is freed? Apparently nothing in the 27 states with no laws to compensate the wrongfully convicted.