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Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Covered in torture scars, Alonzo fled to the United States, leaving five children behind. After winning political asylum, Alonzo filed visa petitions for his children to join him. The children's fates thus landed in my very inexperienced hands.

When the Guilty Are (Wrongly) Acquitted

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

We must talk about the wrongful conviction of innocent men and women, to remind ourselves that we need to look closely at a system that is flawed and will sometimes fail. But in that vein, don't we also need to look at the consequences when those who may actually be guilty are acquitted, particularly when they are repeat offenders guilty of violent crimes?

Taping Police Interrogations Could Have Prevented This Horrific Miscarriage of Justice

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jeff Kukucka

We found that interrogators who were told that their sessions would be taped were less likely to use certain high-pressure interrogation techniques such as threatening the suspect and promising leniency in exchange for a confession.

Jury Deadlocked in 40-Year-Old Murder Case

AP | Posted 01.28.2014 | Crime

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have told a judge that they're deadlocked at the trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the 1974 slaying of ...

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

BSO Settles Lawsuit Over Horrifying Incident Of Framing

Sun Sentinel | Paula Mcmahon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Miami

Frank Lee Smith died of cancer on death row, just months before DNA exonerated him of raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl in Fort Lauderdale. Now,...

Mathematics in Forensic Science

Leila Schneps | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Leila Schneps

Where once a Sherlock Holmes would have had to be content with a magnifying glass, or a jury with gut instinct and rational discussion, now a range of methods from probability and statistics are available to help.

Identical Twins' DNA Evidence: Who Committed Rapes?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.11.2013 | World

A series of rapes in Marseille, France, has generated a rare forensic puzzle: DNA evidence nabbed identical twins as suspects, LaProvence originally r...

New Gene Method Reveals Looks Of Long-Dead

Posted 01.15.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/14/2013 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience The color of the eyes and hair of ancestors dead for h...

DNA Could Clear Army Doc Convicted Of Killing Pregnant Wife, Kids

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 11.15.2012 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeffrey MacDonald, a clean-cut Green Beret and doctor convicted of killing of his pregnant wife and their two daughters, is getting a...

Man Free From Prison After 16 Years For A Crime He Didn't Commit

AP | Posted 05.01.2012 | Denver

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Robert Dewey was 33 when he went to prison for the 1994 rape and murder of a Colorado woman. The 51-year-old walked away free...

New DNA Evidence Clears Man Of 1994 Rape And Murder

Posted 04.30.2012 | Denver

A man who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole nearly 16 years ago may walk free Monday after being exonerated by a new a...

A Call to Empiricism

The Cornell Sun | Posted 05.15.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

The scientific study of human behavior is shedding new light on our actions and inner life. To ignore these insights is not just a mistake. It is criminal.

Do You Live in a Rapist-Friendly State? (Yes, There Is Such a Thing.)

Keli Goff | Posted 04.28.2012 | Crime
Keli Goff

In interviews with representatives from organizations dedicated to aiding survivors of sexual assault and improving the criminal justice system's prosecution of sex crimes, I learned that as the current system stands the release of proven rapists is virtually inevitable.

"The Pope of Humboldt Park" Case Tests State's Attorney's New Direction

David Protess | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

A troubling case provides a test of Ms. Alvarez's commitment to right wrongful convictions. It turns on an issue that cuts to the core of the criminal justice system: The procurement of false testimony by a jailhouse snitch.

Law and Disorder: The Psychology of False Confessions

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.13.2012 | Crime
Wray Herbert

Confessions are powerful and damning evidence, which is a good thing if the defendant is guilty. But what if the defendant is innocent?

Cabbie Arrested For Raping Passenger

Posted 01.10.2012 | New York

Cops have arrested a New York City cab driver for allegedly raping a female passenger at knifepoint in his taxi. In May, the victim, an unidentifie...

Public Officials Call On Rick Perry To Allow DNA Testing For Questionable Execution

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

A group of current and former lawmakers, judges and lawyers is calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to grant DNA testing for a convicted murderer with an ...

Tim Masters Speaks Out At CU Law School

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 12.14.2011 | Denver

Tim Masters, the man who spent almost a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit, faced an overflowing courtroom on Thursday afternoon--this tim...

Corrections Officer Charged In 1997 Rape Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County sheriff's correctional officer has been charged with sexual assault of his 10-year-old step daughter based on DNA results from a rape ki...

Battle Over DNA Evidence At Amanda Knox Trial

AP | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 09.29.2011 | World

PERUGIA, Italy -- Prosecutors at Amanda Knox's appeals trial battled it out Saturday with independent forensic experts who say some of the key DNA evi...

Will Guzzardi

Newly Passed Bill Expands DNA Collection To Those Presumed Innocent

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

If Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 3238, recently sent to his desk by the state legislature, it will mark a turning point in the national...

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.

Police Use DNA Evidence To Find Bike Thief

River Forest, IL Patch | Casey Cora | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

A Berwyn man has been charged in connection with a River Forest garage burglary after DNA evidence from a bloody drape linked him to the crime, author...