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Wrongly Convicted: Arson or Accident?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.01.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

In December 2015, four men convicted of murder and arson in two completely unrelated cases were exonerated. In Virginia, in 1989, Davey Reedy was c...

Remembering Jane Raley, Advocate for the Innocent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 03.09.2015 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

She was the consummate professional, a criminal defense lawyer who was not afraid to cry with her clients. She could also laugh, cracking up her colleagues with salty comments about some of the bad actors in the wrongful conviction cases she pursued.

Gratitude Is the Key to Opening Doors That Seem to Be Closed in Your Life

Lorna Byrne | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I love the idea of Thanksgiving -- a day to remind us to give thanks, and I wish it were celebrated right across the world. Our lives would be transformed if we got into the habit of giving thanks, not just on one day of the year, but every day.

Looking for Trust in All the Wrong Places

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Relationships don't begin with trust. Trust is built day-by-day by two people who demonstrate trust-worthiness through their words and actions.

The 'I' Word

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

I try, not always successfully, to live in integrity with the truth of my experience not because I want to be a good person, but because it's the best thing that I can do for myself. It's the most direct path to my own heart and to the hearts of others.

What About Trayvon's Presumed Innocence?

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Zhivargo Laing

George Zimmerman's defense suggested he presumed Trayvon guilty of something. He did not afford Trayvon the luxury of presumed innocence.The jury's verdict did nothing to dispel this view.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

It's Time to Abolish the Death Penalty

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The justice system, if it is anything, must be greater than institutionalized revenge. The death penalty turns the justice system from a mechanism of controlled force aimed at eliminating violence, to a system of violence itself.

When a Prosecutor Learns He Has Likely Convicted an Innocent

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.30.2012 | New York
Joel Cohen

It is hard to imagine anything more Kafkaesque than a true innocent sitting in jail day after day, while a cynical prosecutor hides the knowledge of his innocence and the keys to the man's freedom in a lockbox in her office.

Innocent Man Turned Killer While On 'Alcatraz'

Posted 05.12.2012 | TV

The only innocent man on "Alcatraz" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Fox) returned to the present day, but he wasn't the same Clarence Montgomery that went in. Tha...

Pardoning Criminals -- Appropriate Mercy or Perverting Justice?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.19.2012 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

In a day when so many miscarriages of justice have been exposed, particularly by way of indisputable proof of actual innocence, the guidelines for pardons should be far more stringent.

Sometimes the Other Person Has a Point

Andrea Lyon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

It is hard to admit a mistake, but for heaven's sake, there has to be a better way to evaluate a case than fighting simply to save the conviction.

Kia Makarechi

Coming To A TV Near You: Mystery Night

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

Fans of the nation's top mystery novelists received a treat Thursday when TNT invited them to a Manhattan sneak preview of the filmic adaptation of Sc...

Rick Perry Executed an Innocent Man/ Save Troy Davis!

Katie Halper | Posted 11.15.2011 | Crime
Katie Halper

Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 -- make that 235 as of today -- killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson.

Men Controversially Convicted Of Killing Boy Scouts Might Be Released

AP | JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 10.19.2011 | Crime

UPDATE: After serving 17 years behind bars for the brutal murder of three children in eastern Arkansas, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason...

John Rudolf

Exonerated Man Sues Scandal-Plagued North Carolina Crime Lab

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 08.30.2011 | Crime

NEW YORK -- North Carolina's criminal justice system remains beset by scandal almost a year after an independent audit revealed that state crime lab t...

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut

nytimes.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

IMF Head's Wife On Sexual Assault Charges: 'I Do Not Doubt His Innocence Will Be Established'

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2011 | World

(Reuters) - IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair said on Sunday she had no doubt he would be proved innocent of sexual assault char...

Erie Pizza Bomber Case: Who Killed Brian Wells?

Trey Borzillieri | Posted 08.11.2011 | Entertainment
Trey Borzillieri

A quiet and solitary man spent an entire lifetime avoiding the spotlight... only to blow-up on TV. Was he a victim? According to the FBI he was a cons...

Conviction: Sister's Long Struggle Against Injustice

Pat Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pat Nolan

There is already a great deal of Oscar buzz about Swank's portrayal of Betty Anne Waters' eighteen year struggle against the injustice suffered by her brother. But such instances of injustice need to be a larger part of the real-life public discussion as well.

Justice, Albeit Delayed

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

On June 28, 2010 a jury convicted Jon Burge. Commander Jon Burge tortured criminal suspects with impunity for years and years on Chicago's South Side.

A Chat with Scott Turow About Innocent

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

It's not exactly like asking where you were when you heard JFK was shot, but for many of us, the publication of Presumed Innocent in 1987 was An Event.

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Were you so busy enjoying the sunshine this weekend that you missed the big book reviews? Catch up with the highlights below! "Innocent," Scott Turow...

Scott Turow's Literary Empire: 'Presumed Innocent' Hero Rusty Sabich Returns

The Los Angeles Times | Scott Martelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary empires have to start somewhere, and Scott Turow's began 23 years ago with the creation of an unusually trusting prosecutor named Rusty Sabic...

Judge Orders Convicted Killer Colin Thatcher To Give Up Book Profits

Saskatchewan News Network and The StarPhoenix | Barb Pacholik and James Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

REGINA -- Calling it "a good day for victims of crime," Saskatchewan's justice minister applauded a court decision ordering killer-turned-author Colin...