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Wrongful Conviction

Woman Prosecuted for Loss of a Child After Birth

Lynda Bekore | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Lynda Bekore

Are women to be forever guilty until proven innocent? If this decision holds, then America, 2015 has truly turned into Salem, 1692, and women's strides for equality and fairness will indeed have been tossed back into Bizarro World.

Another Innocent Man About to Die?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

If there is a chance that Richard Glossip is innocent, then why not give his attorneys a little more time to prove it? What possible societal benefit could ever occur from the state execution of an innocent man?

Convicted Rapper's Freedom In Hands Of Crusading Louisiana Lawyer

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.02.2015 | Crime

When Buddy Spell was an 8-year-old boy, he became enamored with Atticus Finch, the morally upright protagonist of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird....

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.

Lewis Fogle's Murder Conviction Tossed After 34 Years In Prison

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday af...

Son Of Imprisoned Rapper Mac Phipps Says 'It's A Good Feeling' Dad May Be Home Soon

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime

Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers ca...

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.

When Prosecutors Deny Justice for the Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

While some prosecutors do their job honestly and stand for justice, there are others who are responsible for intentionally wrongfully convicting innocent people. And as if that weren't enough, they do whatever is necessary to maintain these false convictions.

Last Words for the Death Penalty

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Whatever Glossip's formal holding, the body language of the Justices suggests that the death penalty is in a precarious position.

Why Do Prosecutors Fight to Maintain Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.

David Lohr

Lawyers Ready Evidence That Could Free Rapper Jailed 30 Years In Nightclub Killing | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

Rapper McKinley Phipps, who was known by the stage name "Mac the Camouflage Assassin," was convicted just days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in...

How the Media Helps (and Hurts) Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The media cannot continue to be selective in choosing which cases -- which innocent lives, that is -- to bring to the public's attention. We are talking about human beings, here, after all. Why do we have to spend 10, 15, 20, 25, or more years in prison before the mainstream media will break stories of our innocence?

Keeping the Death Penalty Alive: It's a Texas Thing

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

People like to say that the death penalty is for the "worst of the worst" offenders. But they are wrong. The death penalty depends on where people live. Particularly for the people who live in Texas.

Pardoned Brothers Seek Normal Life After 30 Years In Prison

AP | EMILY MASTERS | Posted 06.06.2015 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two brothers will receive more than $1 million from the state of North Carolina after they were wrongfully imprisoned for three...

Angel Echavarria Freed After Serving 21 Years of Life Sentence

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 06.03.2015 | Crime
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Twenty-one years into a life sentence for a murder conviction that was overturned April 30, Angel Echavarria was set free yesterday at Essex County Superior Court in Salem.

Prosecutors Will Not Appeal Judge's Decision to Overturn Angel Echavarria's Murder Conviction

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 06.03.2015 | Crime
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Angel Echavarria, who served 21 years of a life sentence for murder, cleared one more hurdle on the path to freedom for a crime he has always insisted he did not commit. The Essex County District Attorney's office confirmed yesterday that it will not appeal Judge David A. Lowy's decision overturning Echavarria's conviction and ordering a new trial.

Innocent Bystanders: How Inept Attorneys Enable Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

No attorney who is just a year out of law school should be representing someone when their life is at stake. Everyone should be entitled to effective counsel. My innocence could have been proven from day one if I'd had effective counsel at trial.

An Authentic Hero Leaves The Stage

Joe Seldner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Jim McCloskey, founder and head of the crusading group Centurion Ministries, the first organization dedicated to fighting for the wrongfully convicted, is the real deal.

From the Ring to the Courthouse: The Fight of My Life

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 05.11.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I went on to win in numerous fights and tournaments. A lot of my boxing teammates went on to turn professional. At the age of 22, my whole life would change for the worse when I was wrongfully charged with, and eventually convicted for a murder I had nothing to do with.

The Truth Is in the Numbers: Stop Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I'm one of many prisoners who are completely innocent, but continue to suffer at the hands of prosecutors who represent anything but justice. We are not guilty, so we don't want sympathy. We demand justice from the legal system that has failed us.

Conviction by Any Means Necessary: How Prosecutors Stole 19 Years of My Life

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I had to make the hardest decision of my life. After meetings with my family, legal team and supporters, I chose to turn myself in and fight to prove my innocence once and for all.

Alabama To Free Inmate After Decades On Death Row

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime

(Adds quotes from Hinton's lawyer and detail on case, in paragraphs 4-5, 7-11, 14) By Wayne Hester Birmingham, Ala., Ap...

Jimmy Dennis: A System Not Designed for Innocence

David A. Love | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis' case reveals a great deal about a hopelessly broken system that administers the law, but does not necessarily dispense justice.

David Lohr

Jailed Rapper To Seek New Trial Based On Witness Bullying | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps, serving time for manslaughter in a fatal nightclub shooting 15 years ago, will seek a new tri...

David Lohr

Family Of Rapper Jailed In Killing Demands Investigation Into Witness Bullying | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- The family of McKinley "Mac" Phipps, a once promising rap artist whose conviction in a nightclub shooting death is now in q...