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Wrongful Conviction

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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.

3 Things You Can Do to End Police Killings and Fix the Criminal Justice System

Matthew Cooke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

We intend to continue making documentary series and films and writing blogs about human rights. We'll be announcing another one soon. But all this talk is useless unless we band together and act.

Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned

Jeffrey Deskovic | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Deskovic

Last year there were 91 exonerations. This year there have been 90 thus far. To date there have been 1482 exonerations overall, only 321 of them being DNA related. What is causing the staggering number of wrongful convictions?

'Life Is So Beautiful' For Man Freed After Wrongful Conviction

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man freed after nearly four decades in prison when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the la...

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Michael McLaughlin

2 Men Both Wrongfully Convicted For Same Crime, 17 Years Apart

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

No one argues that two teens were shot and killed in bleachers above a swimming pool on Chicago's South Side more than 30 years ago. What's harder to ...

Wrongly Convicted By The Innocence Project

The Daily Beast | Jacob Siegel | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

When Alstory Simon walked out of prison on the last day of October, it was 15 years since he had first confessed to murdering a young couple by the si...

More Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

I don't intend to dwell on this topic much further but there's one more astonishing act of grace -- from the most unlikely of sources -- I feel compelled to testify to. And it concerns David's greatest champion -- Dr. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

A Wrongful Conviction Robbed Him Of His Freedom, And Then His Life

The Intercept | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

On a snowy evening in late March, just over a year after walking out of prison, where he had spent 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, William Lo...

The Truth About False Confessions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It is hard -- near impossible -- for most of us to believe that innocent people sometime falsely confess to committing horrible crimes. In fact, most people insist that they would never confess to a murder or rape that they did not commit. Not under any circumstances. But Henry Lee McCollum did.