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Sex, Lies, and Wrongful Conviction: Kathleen Kane's Other Scandal

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When prosecutors and judges feel comfortable sending each other racist and sexually explicit emails for fun, something is wrong. This same cozy and corrupt system allowed my innocence to be swept under the rug for years. It's time for accountability and justice for me and so many others who have suffered from wrongful convictions.

Governor Jerry Brown's Latest Criminal Justice Reform Ballot Measure for California: Real Violence Called 'Non-Violent' Offenses

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.03.2016 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

In the legal lexicon, words take on meanings that are both specific and even counterintuitive. The legislators who drafted the California Penal Code knew this well and specifically defined a "violent" felony under California law.

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

What 'Making a Murder' Should Remind You About The Criminal Justice System

Stephen A. Cooper | Posted 01.15.2016 | Crime
Stephen A. Cooper

Not all "paid" lawyers are good attorneys, and not all "court-appointed" lawyers and public defenders are bad. However, it is a sad but true fact, as Making A Murderer ably illustrates, that the quality of justice in this country directly correlates to the amount of resources a defendant has.

The Close Relationship Between Prosecutors And Police Officers

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.12.2016 | Black Voices

Prosecutors generally work closely with police departments to bring forth indictments and convictions in criminal proceedings, but what happen...

How The Bond Between Police And Prosecutors Impedes Justice

The Guardian | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

The fate of police officers who kill often rests in the hands of the prosecutors they typically work alongside. Amid calls for reform led by the ...

Tamir Rice and America's Legal Crisis

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

To the average person looking at the simple facts of the case, there was enough evidence in each of these cases to proceed with a trial. And yet, here we are, shaking our heads, wondering how the pursuit of justice was thwarted yet again.

The Grand Jury Subpoena Bully Game

Joel Cohen | Posted 12.21.2015 | Crime
Joel Cohen

The government can - and often does - issue grand jury subpoenas that are un-tailored and overbroad, and because this practice is capable of abuse in the extreme, why not encourage transparency, rather than allow a prosecutor to close the shades, thus keeping the sunlight out?

Guilty Verdict Sends Message to Big Coal: Don't Endanger Workers

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

For far too long in this nation's history, coal operators have recklessly endangered their workers' lives, with thousands of workers dying in accidents and many hundreds of thousands more dying and suffering from black lung and associated diseases.

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

'Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation With Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Scott Pratt, the bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers, worked as a criminal defense lawyer before writing his first novel, An Innocent Client.

911 Tape Proves Inmate's Innocence, But DA Won't Release Him: Lawyer

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.19.2015 | Crime

A Louisiana man imprisoned for a carjacking he says he didn't commit has served nine years behind bars, even though the prosecution's file contained ...

These Are The Prosecutors Who Have Decided What Happens To Cops Who Kill

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

Prosecutors walk a delicate line in determining whether or not to charge a police officer in a fatal shooting. Facing pressure from the public and po...

More Cops Have Been Charged For Shootings This Year, But There's Much More Work To Be Done

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

It's been almost a year since a St. Louis County prosecutor cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. We'...

Former St. Louis Prosecutor Admits To Covering Up Brutal Police Beating Of A Suspect

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

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Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

Prosecutors Are Uniquely Positioned to Drive Criminal Justice Reform

Cyrus Vance | Posted 10.20.2015 | Crime
Cyrus Vance

Beyond the oath of zealous representation, prosecutors take a separate oath to do justice. Their "client" is not an individual, or even a person. It is fairness. Prosecutors are stewards of the integrity of the system, and must be held accountable as such.

Decision Points: Prosecutors Have Opportunities to Reduce Incarceration and Disparities Through Risk Assessment

George Gascón | Posted 10.14.2015 | Crime
George Gascón

Refusing to use our own data about our prior successes and failures, with the goals of making better decisions going forward, is irresponsible.

Decision Points: Pursuing Innovation in Prosecution

David LaBahn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
David LaBahn

Though complicated and varied factors contribute to the overuse of jails in our communities and the disproportionate jailing of people of color, prosecutors' actions can and should play a leadership role in addressing these problems.

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

I Was Wrongfully Convicted And So Are Too Many Others

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many innocent people are sitting in prison with convictions for crimes they did not commit. This is often due to prosecutors who blatantly ignore information that might point away from their chosen suspect. Much of the time, these other leads could have exonerated an innocent prisoner, but they go totally disregarded.

It's Time to End Prosecutorial Immunity

Evan Bernick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Prosecutorial misconduct is a reality. So is the lack of any meaningful legal recourse for its victims. It is time to abolish a rule that stands as an affront, not only to the letter of federal law, but to our aspirations towards a just legal order.

It's Time to Examine the Role Prosecutors Play in Driving Mass Incarceration

Art Way | Posted 08.12.2015 | Crime
Art Way

As we acknowledge the year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, local district attorneys are no longer an invisible force, untouchable by advocates who traditionally have focused on police alone.

Police Misconduct Needs 'Broken Windows' Approach

Hector Villagra | Posted 07.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On the same day a female Los Angeles Police officer was sentenced to 36 months for delivering hard kicks to the groin of a handcuffed woman who later died, a homeless woman with mental illness was facing 25 years to life for merely picking up a police baton.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.