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Wrongfully Convicted

Innocent Man in Prison for 45 Years

Seth Ferranti | Posted 02.12.2016 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

Cleve Heidelberg has been in prison for 45 years. Convicted of killing a police officer in the early morning hours of May 26, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois...

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."

Man Who Spent 39 Years In Prison To Be Freed After Witness Admits To Lying

AP | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confes...

Man Who Served 30 Years For Crime He Didn't Commit, Gets Ultimate Wish List

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact

It’s been nearly a month since Glenn Ford was released from jail after serving three decades for a crime he didn’t commit. And he’s wasted no ti...

David Lohr

Wrongly Convicted Man's Attorney: 'Where The Hell Was This Evidence' | David Lohr | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime

A New York man, freed Tuesday after spending more than two decades in state prison, would not have been convicted if vital evidence had not been withh...

Ohio Court Reverses Ruling That Freed Ex-cop

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 03.19.2014 | Crime

A judge in Ohio will decide whether a former police captain who was exonerated in his ex-wife's killing will go back to prison. The judge set a heari...

Black Man Wrongfully Convicted By All-White Jury Freed After Nearly 3 Decades On Death Row

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2014 | Crime

(Updates to add that prisoner has been released) By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS, March 11 (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who has...

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

When the Police Are Out of Control

Thom Nickels | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

We live in an era when getting tough on criminals is seen as a way to fight crime.

After Death Row in Texas, I'm Fighting to End the Death Penalty

Kerry Max Cook | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact
Kerry Max Cook

My name is Kerry Max Cook, but for two decades, I was known as "Cook, Execution number 600."

Man Who Suffered Wrongful Conviction Dies Waiting 46 Minutes For EMS

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Before Dwight Love died last week at his daughter's home in Detroit, he was grievously wronged by the system -- twice. After he collapsed in front...

Man Exonerated After Murder Conviction 20 Years Ago

Simon McCormack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

Twenty years after what he and his supporters say was a false confession, Daniel Villegas is free. "I never thought this day would come. Thank God,...

False Confessions: A Review of 2013

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Here's wishing a Happy New Year to all innocent men and women who remain in prison as a result of false confessions or who have yet to be exonerated. May 2014 bring you the justice you so richly deserve.

The European Union, the United States and the Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 02.17.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

More Americans are coming to learn -- as Europeans have known for quite some time -- that the death penalty is a fundamental violation of human rights. Capital punishment deprives human beings of their dignity and perpetuates a vicious cycle of societal violence.

Texas Law Gives Hope To Wrongly Convicted

Simon McCormack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

The state that executes the most people in the United States by far is also leading a charge to give wrongly convicted inmates a chance to clear their...

Prosecutors Won't Retry Wrongfully Convicted Man's Rape Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit smiled and hugge...

5 Wrongly Convicted People The Legal System Kept On Screwing

Cracked | Posted 12.11.2013 | Crime

As procedural drama TV shows have taught us, every conviction in the U.S. justice system is the product of meticulous DNA testing and forced sexual te...

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released From Prison After 30 Years

AP | DON BABWIN and M. SPENCER GREEN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — During his more than 30 years behind bars, Stanley Wrice insisted he was innocent, that Chicago police had beat him until he co...

All They Want for Christmas Is Their Freedom: Will Governor Brown Grant Clemency to the California 12?

Mark Godsey | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Mark Godsey

When an innocent person is exonerated and walks out of prison, it's always a big news story. What we don't see are the thousands of people who will never go home, not because they are any less innocent, but because there is some legal procedural bar stopping their case.

After Exoneration, Tibbs Pursued Justice

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

Delbert Tibbs was sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of Terry Milroy and the rape of his companion, Cynthia Nadeau. He was innocent. Delbert Tibbs was once quoted as saying 'God sent me to death row so I could be a witness.'

DNA and Death Row

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In this time of economic strain anyone who doesn't look at ways to cut their personal or business budget is just not being responsible. Same goes for the justice system.

"I Saw What You Did -- or Did I?" -- the Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Larry Bodine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Nothing is more compelling than an eyewitness who says in court, "that's him" and points at the defendant. But a growing body of evidence now shows the unreliability of eyewitness testimony -- and the horrendously wrong jury verdicts that eyewitnesses produce.

Scottsboro Boys Exonerated, But Troubling Legacy Remains for Black Men

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dennis D. Parker

Is this long overdue pardon the final word in one of the most sordid parts of our nation's history? The troubling perceptions linking people of color, particularly African Americans and more particularly black males, to criminality have persisted.

Confession Contamination in Cook County: Demonizing Youth in False Confession Narratives

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.

Lila Shapiro

Lesbians Wrongfully Convicted Of Molesting Children Are Expected To Walk Free | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In 1994, Elizabeth Ramirez, then 20, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for allegedly molesting her two young nieces, aged 7 and 9. In two bizarr...