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Wrongful Conviction

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.

Memories Of Torture And Hope For Redemption In A Chinese Village

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

YAOYU VILLAGE, China -- For Liu Renwang, the village where he grew up is part home and part hell. Today he lives here in a one-story brick building th...

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 ...

Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

What A Death Row Attorney Has Learned From His Condemned Clients

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.29.2015 | OWN

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What It's Like To Be Found Guilty Of A Murder You Didn't Commit

Reuven Fenton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Reuven Fenton

You keep telling people you're innocent. All you get in reply is, "Yeah, we hear that a lot." At that moment, each assumed he or she would be found innocent, because a guilty verdict was just too ridiculous to fathom. It would be the stuff of horror movies. Fiction. Then the jury foreman said, "Guilty."

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?

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.

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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.