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Wrongful Conviction

Is Justice at Hand for Victim of Burge Cops -- Or Was He Tortured "Harmlessly"?

David Protess | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Stanley Wrice was wrongfully convicted, and he finds himself at the center of one of the most controversial legal battles of our time. The question that will soon be resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court: Can police torture be legally harmless?

The Texas D.A.s Who Denied Hank Skinner Justice

David Protess | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Yesterday, the Texas high court agreed to decide whether a new state DNA law applies to Skinner's case -- or if he should be executed without the tests. So how did we get to this point?

What Texas Isn't Telling You About Hank Skinner's Case

David Protess | Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Prosecutors swear up and down that they are acting on principle, that Hank Skinner had his chance for DNA testing and blew it, like a guilty man would.

Time Is Not on Texas Condemned Man's Side

David Protess | Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Governor Perry seems to have his own problems lately. Why add the execution of Hank Skinner, a possibly innocent man, to the list?

When a Child Vanishes in the Night

David Protess | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

As I've watched the drama unfold surrounding 11-month old Lisa Irwin, who vanished overnight on Oct. 3, my thoughts have turned to an eerily similar case.

Keeping You Posted: Is Texas About to Kill an Innocent Man? Also, the Subpoena That Keeps on Giving

David Protess | Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Even if Perry intervenes simply to prevent Hank Skinner's death from becoming a campaign issue, the most he can do under Texas law at this point is grant a 30-day reprieve.

Chicago Ought to Change the Standard Ending to That Old Wrongful Conviction Story

Locke Bowman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Behind each wrongful conviction lie broken lives and shattered dreams. Each one represents a serious and substantial failure of law enforcement: the wrong person locked up; the actual perpetrator at large.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

David Protess | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

If you're convicted of a crime you didn't commit, good luck getting compensation for your time behind bars.

Tortured by Police, Wrongly Imprisoned, Chicago Man Perseveres

David Protess | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

For a man who has been dealt an horrific fate, Eric Caine remains undaunted. He speaks of a hopeful future. Perhaps that is because his future has brightened in recent months. But perhaps it is also because his past is too painful to discuss.

Public Records Helped Free Texas Man

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime
Kenneth F. Bunting

If you care about good government and justice, now would be a good time to ask if the records that helped to free Michael Morton would be readily available under your state's public disclosure laws.

We Are All Troy Davis... And We Are Free!

Patrick McDermott | Posted 11.28.2011 | DC
Patrick McDermott

If justice is a product of equitability, then the conviction and now murder of Troy Davis was anything but equitable.

Troy Davis Never Had a Chance

David Protess | Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

"How could this happen in America?" was the question repeated on talk radio and around the water coolers. Now it's time for a postmortem, and the troubling answer is: it happens all the time.

How F***** Up Is This?

David Protess | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony McKinney and Armando Serrano are serving long prison terms for murder. Both were wrongfully convicted. And Cook Co. prosecutors have turned their fight for freedom into a bizarre sideshow.

Are Gangsters Playing Cop Lotto With Your Tax Payer Money?

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 11.07.2011 | Crime
Karen Salmansohn

What you presently know to be true about wrongful conviction cases might not be the whole truth.

The West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Capital Punishment, And Christian Hypocrisy

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Capital punishment is incompatible with the Christian faith for a number of biblical and theological reasons.

Radley Balko

A Fraudulent Conviction? Mississippi Woman Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.09.2011 | Crime

Prosecutors in the U.S. often decry what is sometimes called the "CSI Effect." Movies and TV crime dramas like the popular "CSI" franchise on CBS can ...

It's a Matter of Respect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In just a few days, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a Mexican citizen. His name is Humberto Leal Garcia. Mr. Leal is a Mexican national w...

Presumed Guilty: Group Seeks to Exonerate Four Yankton Sioux Men

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 08.28.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Woodard

The National Center for Reason and Justice, which has mounted successful campaigns to exonerate those falsely accused of sex crimes against children, ...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime

Note: In conjunction with the launch of HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko looks at several myths and...

The Truth About False Confessions

Katy Welter | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Understanding the conditions that give rise to false confessions will help prevent a phenomenon that implicates innocent people.

I Am Troy Davis

James Clark | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
James Clark

I've never met him, but Troy Anthony Davis, on Georgia's death row since 1991 despite grave doubts concerning his guilt, is the reason I left the work I was pursuing in graduate school and devoted myself to working against the death penalty.

Chicago Police Miss the Message about the Cost of Wrongful Convictions

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Mayor-elect Emanuel has made a point of vowing to make Chicago a cost efficient city. The role of the Chicago Police Department in wrongful convictions is costing the city tens of millions of dollars.

After 25 Years In Prison, Falsely Accused Man Helps Others Avoid Same Fate

Nicole Skibola | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

During the week of August 28, 2008, Darryl Burton was exonerated of his capital murder charge -- after spending 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

A Supreme Miscalculation: High Court Should Revisit Prosecutorial Immunity

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

John Thompson has lived through more ups and downs than most of us will. In April 1985, he was convicted of an armed robbery he did not commit and sentenced to 49 and one half years in prison.

The Price of Injustice: Wrongfully Convicted Deserve Full Compensation

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The State of Illinois owes a debt to the innocent people who have been convicted in our justice system of crimes they didn't commit and then been forced to serve years of wrongful imprisonment.