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Wrongful Conviction

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

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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...

David Lohr

Witnesses: DA Bullied Testimony That Put Rapper Away For 30 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.21.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Fourteen years after rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at a...

Another Innocent Black Man on Death Row

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Rodney Reed should not become another Texas tragedy. Reed's death sentence - and nineteen long years of deprivation on death row -- is far too severe a penalty for a man who appears guilty of nothing more than taking part in a consensual interracial sexual relationship.

Michael McLaughlin

Freed Inmate Blames Northwestern For Bogus Murder Confession

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime

A man wrongly imprisoned for 15 years for a Chicago double murder has sued Northwestern University for $40 million, alleging it allowed an investigati...

I Was Found Innocent After 16 Years, Then Sent Back to Prison

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Lorenzo Johnson

This case began with two lies: the one I refused to tell, and one a crack-cocaine abuser agreed to tell.

North Carolina Man Exonerated Of 1976 Conviction

Reuters | Colleen Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A man imprisoned for nearly four decades for the 1976 stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter in North Carolina was declared innocent on ...

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

Forensic Science Is Not CSI, in Ferguson or Anywhere Else

William Lynch III | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

None of this is to say that we need to toss all the evidence out and start at square one. Nor am I saying that the evidence supporting Wilson's account is totally false. My point is that everyone must realize that forensic science is not absolute like on television.

It's Camera Time

William Lynch III | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

Already, the evidence is pouring in that police body cameras are helpful for police and civilians. When police officers are accountable to a video camera monitoring them, it appears to make a big change in their behavior.