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Wrongful Conviction

An Innocent Man Mike Pence Refused To Pardon Finally Sees Justice

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics

In 1997, a man attempted to snatch a woman’s purse in Elkhart, Indiana. Keith Cooper wasn’t far from the scene of the incident. The 29-year-old ha...

Innocent Prisoners: Against All Odds

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.11.2017 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

On behalf of the many innocent people in prison, I ask: why are the crimes that have been committed against us continually being swept under the rug of injustice?

Are Some Prosecutors Experts At Wrongful Conviction?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 12.12.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In exoneration cases over the last two years, prosecution misconduct was responsible for 75% of the wrongful convictions.

House Passes Bill To Extend Tax Relief Deadline For The Wrongfully Convicted

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics

In less than two weeks, the application period for a federal law that allows exonerees to receive tax relief on any compensation they received for the...

Rapper's Bid For Clemency Nearly Rejected Over Lack Of Disciplinary Record

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 12.08.2016 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. ― If you’re an inmate in prison for more than 16 years, you should be proud of yourself if you’ve never been cited for a...

For The Wrongfully Convicted, Time Runs Short To Get Back Unfair Taxes

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics

For those once wrongfully convicted of a crime who have been exonerated, time is once again not on their side. A federal law that allows them to recou...

The Death of "Innocent until Proven Guilty"

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.31.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

As an innocent prisoner and an avid writer on wrongful convictions, I've not only been affected personally by crooked officers of the court who sabota...

Ken Burns Blasts Trump For Insisting The Central Park 5 Are Guilty

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.09.2016 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns mocked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday for continuing to insist, in the face of the evidence, t...

Donald Trump Still Thinks The Central Park Five Are Guilty (They Aren't)

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump still believes the “Central Park Five,” a group of black and Hispanic men who were convicted but late...

Gary Tyler: Wrongly Imprisoned For Decades

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.09.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

On his KCRW show "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer spoke with Gary Tyler, who served over 40 years in prison after being wrongly convicted as a teenager of murdering a 13-year-old boy in 1974.

Man Admits To Murder That Kept Twin Jailed 13 Years

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.26.2016 | Crime

More than a decade after Kevin Dugar was convicted of firing a gun into a small group of people, killing one man and wounding another, his twin brothe...

Police Body Cameras Are OK, But How To Protect Innocent Prisoners?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.26.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When society can't trust the police who are supposed to protect and serve, it's a serious problem -- one that needed to be addressed a long time ago.

3 Brooklyn Men Discuss How Wrongful Convictions Changed Their Lives

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 08.29.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Nancy Grace: 'Nothing Wrong' With How Police Interrogated Brendan Dassey In 'Making A Murderer'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.16.2016 | Media

Arguing that there was “nothing wrong” with the controversial police interrogation that led to his imprisonment, HLN host Nancy Grace said this we...

An Innocent Prisoner's Will To Be Free

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.15.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

After sixteen and a half years in prison for a crime I was innocent of, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated my sentence on the grounds of insufficient evidence--which is equivalent to a "not guilty" verdict--and ordered my immediate release, barring a retrial. I was released and reunited with my family.

It's Time To Send Cheating Prosecutors To Jail

Jerry Bowles | Posted 08.04.2016 | Crime
Jerry Bowles

Prosecutors have been literally getting away with murder for years and it is past time for the free ride to end.

From Wrongful Convictions To Helping Free Other Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

As two of many innocent prisoners, Jeffrey and Derrick bring fresh energy to the crusade of stopping wrongful convictions. Not only are they well versed in the law, they are not afraid of educating the media about our real-life nightmares.

Unreliable Field Drug Tests Result In Innocent People Pleading Guilty

Barry Scheck | Posted 07.15.2016 | Crime
Barry Scheck

Without in any way minimizing the unforeseen difficulties involved in achieving any single criminal justice reform, this is one problem we can solve with a co-operative, good faith effort by multiple stakeholders. Why not just do it?

When Courts Are Used As A Weapon Against The Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

A courtroom is a place where justice is supposed to be served. More and more, however, courts are becoming crime scenes -- here, innocent people are being kidnapped and held captive.

Compensation Statutes Fail Those Wrongly Convicted

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Imagine serving a decade or more for a crime you didn't commit. Maybe even on death row. By what seems a miracle, you find yourself exonerated on DNA ...

On Death Row for a Murder that Wasn't?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Dale Cox was the Lousiana prosecutor against Crawford, a case which rested almost exclusively on the testimony of a state forensic pathologist who claimed that bruises on the child's lip were consistent with death by smothering.

EXCLUSIVE: Shooting Victim's Fiancée: 'An Innocent Person Is Behind Bars'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 06.07.2016 | Crime

Samantha Barnes life was forever changed 16 years ago, when her 19-year-old fiancée was gunned down in a Louisiana nightclub. Barnes, just 17 at the ...

Is There a Cure for Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Our criminal justice system continues to fail innocent prisoners because of the structures and statutes that legislators refuse to change.

Former North Carolina Chief Justice: I Can No Longer Support The Death Penalty

I. Beverly Lake, Jr. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
I. Beverly Lake, Jr.

After decades of experience with the law, I have seen too much, and what I have seen has impacted my perspective. Our inability to determine who possesses sufficient culpability to warrant a death sentence draws into question whether the death penalty can ever be constitutional under the Eighth Amendment.

New Evidence Frees Convicted Murderer Who Spent 19 Years Behind Bars

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 05.17.2016 | Crime

A Texas man jailed for about 19 years on a murder conviction was freed from prison on Tuesday after compelling evidence came to light indicating that ...