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Wrongful Conviction

A Near Miss

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrea Lyon

Witness memory is like any other evidence at a crime scene; it must be preserved carefully and retrieved methodically, or it can be contaminated.

Killing Time at the Lambs Club

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Melissa Berkelhammer

John Hollway's all too appropriately titled Killing Time chronicles John Thompson's wrongful conviction and his subsequent 18 years on Death Row.

Deliberative Indifference

John Hollway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Hollway

John Thompson is one of the "lucky" ones -- after 18 years in prison, he's gotten his life back. New Orleans released him with $10 and the clothes he was arrested in in 1984.

Are We About to Execute Yet Another Possibly Innocent Person?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

There are those cases with growing frequency that cry out for a fresh look, a relaxation, if necessary, of the rules, where the choice is between executing a possibly innocent man or giving him the opportunity to establish his innocence.

Raymond Towler, Convicted Rapist, Exonerated By DNA Tests After 30 Years In Prison

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CLEVELAND — An Ohio man tasted freedom for the first time in nearly 30 years on Wednesday after a judge vacated his conviction because DNA evide...

Ohio Latest in Reform Trend to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

On April 5th Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed a reform bill that will help reduce wrongful convictions and improve the fairness and accuracy of our...

Burge Guilty Verdict Only the Beginning

Deborah Douglas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Deborah Douglas

The John Burge trial hinged on the one victim who didn't testify but whose case is responsible for charges finally being brought: Madison Hobley, the one true innocent.

Recording Interrogations is a Public Safety Imperative

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

Last month, Frank Sterling was exonerated by DNA evidence after being incarcerated 18 years for a crime he did not commit. Sterling was wrongfully con...

Another Exoneration Demonstrates the Need for Criminal Justice Reform

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

A fair and accurate system not only prevents wrongful convictions, it more effectively identifies the guilty and strengthens public trust in our system of justice.

Cook County Pays Leroy Orange, Former Death Row Inmate, $525,000 For Wrongful Conviction

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County Board today agreed to pay $525,000 to a former Death Row inmate already given $5.5 million by the city to settle a wrongful conviction...

Acquitted Death Row Inmate Files $360M Lawsuit After 17 Years In Prison

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man acquitted of murder after spending more than 17 years in prison filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks more than $360 million dollars...

Caught on Camera: Why the NYPD's Move to Tape Interrogations Is Long Overdue

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Yesterday the NYPD announced that they would launch a pilot program videotaping police interrogations of criminal suspects in two precincts this year. This reform is long overdue.

Changing the "Convict at All Costs" Culture of Prosecutor's Offices

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

All too often, prosecutors' offices fall prey to a culture of conviction-seeking at all costs. Prosecutors who become singularly focused on conviction rates neglect their duty to protect the innocent.

Prosecutors Must be Held Accountable for Misconduct

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Despite the great power of prosecutors, few are held accountable for violations of their ethical obligations.

Tim Cole Panel Begins Study Texas Wrongful Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Of the more than 40 people exonerated by DNA in Texas, one of the most heartbreaking cases is that of Timothy Cole, whose exoneration came too late. In 1999, he died in prison of asthma.

Prosecutors: Northwestern Journalism Student Paid Witness

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors claimed in court Tuesday that Northwestern University journalism students paid two witnesses in order to make their case t...

Prosecutor Defends Going After Northwestern Students' Notes, Class Material

Chicago Tribune | Daarel Burnette II | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez defended subpoenaing Northwestern University journalism students' notes and recordings of witness interview...

Fernando Bermudez Free; Spent 17 Years In Jail For Murder He Didn't Commit

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A prison system official says a New York City man is free after spending nearly two decades behind bars for murder before a judge dec...

Dean Cage: Wrongly Convicted Man Freed By Innocence Project

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For Jewel Mitchell, it was the worst Christmas of her life, the pain so raw she secluded herself in her bedroom to shield her two young daughters. ...

The Rape That Wasn't: The Wrongful Conviction of Jarrett Adams

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

While Jarrett Adams' wrongful conviction for rape is a riveting story, the real story, as he likes to say, is what he's doing now. After he won his freedom, he went back to school.

Prosecutors Still Won't Explain Student Subpoenas

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Northwestern University professor and journalism students who spent three years investigating the case of a man convicted in the 197...

Prosecutors Subpoena Notes, Grade Information Of Northwestern Journalism Students

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After spending three years investigating the conviction of a Harvey man accused of killing a security guard with a shotgun blast in 1978, journalism s...

Governor Candidate Ryan Says Sorry For Wrongfully Putting Two Men On Death Row

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE McKINNEY AND ABDON M. PALLASCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan issued his first outright apology Thursday for wrongfully putting two men on Death Row instead of prosecuting the...

Death from Cluelessness: State Killing Machines and the Penalty of Indifference

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Carl Sagan famously said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim that killing prisoners acts as a deterrent or keeps police safe is indeed extraordinary.

Barney Brown: His First Year of Freedom

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

On September 24, Barney Brown celebrates his first year of freedom after 38 years of wrongful incarceration. His story is one of the most egregious wrongful convictions in U.S. history.