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Wrongful Conviction

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 ...

Eddie Conway: Making Real News After Prison

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving a nearly 44-year term sentence for a murder he didn't commit.

Bodyguard Confesses To Club Shooting That Sent Rapper To Prison

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.25.2016 | Crime

COVINGTON, La. -- For convicted rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., the quickest route out of prison requires the one thing he won't do -- admit his gui...

Bill Clinton's Other Terrible Crime Bill

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 04.21.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Election time is here, and prison reform is now a hot topic. Much of the focus recently has been on the crime bill that then-President Bill Clinton si...

The Cost of Lying: For One Lab Scientist Who Fabricated Evidence, Just Two Years in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 04.19.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Wrongful convictions caused by scientific misconduct have a special taint. We rely on forensic scientists to tell us about the evidence because we don't have the expertise to do their job. When scientists lie, and we believe them, everyone loses.

Free Rodney Lincoln - the Steven Avery no one knows about

Matt Doran | Posted 04.01.2016 | Crime
Matt Doran

Enraged and breathless, armchair detectives across America are demanding the urgent release of Netflix star and convicted murderer Steven Avery - the ...

Stolen Lives: Oppressed, Exploited, and Innocent in Prison

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote: "The Guilty Have a Better Chance for Parole or Pardon Than the Innocent." As an innocent prisoner, I've witnessed this myself for the last two decades (and counting). The only thing that has changed over time is that more and more corruption is being exposed. The

Her Son Is In Prison, And She Paints The Faces Of A Broken Justice System

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.30.2016 | Crime

The brushstrokes in Sheila Phipps' paintings tell the story of a broken criminal justice system in Louisiana -- a state notorious for having the highe...

Prosecutors Accused Of Hiding Evidence That Could Free Rapper

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.23.2016 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Nathaniel Tillison told a jury he looked 1990s rap star McKinley "Mac" Phipps "dead in his eyes" and watched him pull the t...

No Person Should Have More Care in Prison Than in Freedom

Larry Schooler | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.

Where Were the Prosecutors?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.17.2016 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

The close to 2,000 exonerations, and the thousands of other innocent defendants who may be in jails around the country, tell an unsettling story about some prosecutors.

Two Men Convicted for Drug Crimes That Never Happened

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 03.15.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Innocent people are convicted of crimes that never even happened. These are worst case events that show what happens when the justice system goes completely off the rails. This is true whether a man is convicted of a low-level misdemeanor crime or a more serious felony offense.

Did a Dingo Really Get Her Baby?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 03.15.2016 | Crime
Garry Rodgers

Lindy Chamberlain was charged with Azaria's first-degree murder and convicted of her daughter's slaying. After thirty-two years, eight legal proceedings, and tens of millions spent in the investigation, Lindy was finally exonerated by a coroner's inquest.

How Faulty Convictions Are Hurting All Californians

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- California has squandered hundreds of millions of tax dollars on faulty convictions that have led to people collectively wasting hundre...

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.

Prosecutors Are Almost Never Disciplined For Misconduct

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

In 1994, Anthony Graves was convicted on charges of setting a fire that killed six people in south Texas. He spent the next 18 years in prison -- 12 o...

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...

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.