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When the Police Are Out of Control

Thom Nickels | Posted 02.27.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

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

"A Millennium for Nothing"

Pia de Jong | Posted 02.24.2014 | Crime
Pia de Jong

Everyone has their own reasons for living in a privileged town like Princeton, New Jersey -- but Jim McCloskey's are different. "I live in Princeton," he says, "because it is located exactly halfway between the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway and the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton."

Knox and Sollecito: Victims of a Prosecutor's 'Conspiracy Theories' to Explain Away DNA

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent of Meredith Kercher's murder. The easiest way for us to clarify their innocence is to examine the case in the context of our work on false confessions and the lessons we have learned from working in the Innocence Movement.

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.

Finally, a Prosecutor Goes to Jail for Evidence Tampering

David A. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

It was a long time coming, but finally America has reached a milestone in the area of criminal justice. In Texas, a former D.A. has made history by becoming the first prosecutor in U.S. to suffer criminal punishment for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

Mark Godsey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Crime
Mark Godsey

Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife.

Bite-Mark Evidence Challenged, Murder Conviction Overturned

AP | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime

SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man imprisoned for nearly two decades for murder had his conviction overturned Monday after...

This Week In Innocence

Radley Balko | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Two Washington state men will get $10.5 million after spending 17 years in prison for a rape they didn't commit. It's easy to dismiss these exonera...

Stories from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Dick Simon | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Dick Simon

2013-08-27-marchonwashingtondicksimon.jpg While almost everyone who is here in D.C. this week agrees that much has changed since that momentous day, they all are quick to add that there is still more that needs to be done before King's dream is finally realized.

Radley Balko

The Untouchables: America's Misbehaving Prosecutors, And The System That Protects Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS -- Some questions seem particularly prone to set John Thompson off. Here's one he gets a lot: Have the prosecutors who sent him to death r...

Lost for Life -- Resolution and Redemption

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Lost for Life -- a compelling new documentary about juvenile offenders who are serving life sentences without parole -- struggles mightily to answer the universal questions of crime, punishment and forgiveness.

The Good Cops Working To Free Innocent Prisoners

www.takepart.com | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact

Is there common ground between law enforcement and the Innocence Project? You bet there is! I’m standing on it, and the Innocence Project is very...

Radley Balko

Landmark Case Turns 50 -- But Defense Attorneys Aren't Celebrating

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

One of the Supreme Court's most celebrated criminal procedure decisions turns 50 years old Monday. By a 7-2 vote, the Court ruled in the 1963 case Bra...

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Writes A Remarkably Poltical 'Dissent' To Willie Manning's Stay Of Execution

Radley Balko | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

I've done a lot of reporting on the criminal justice system in Mississippi. When confronted with overwhelming evidence of innocence, prosecutorial mis...

Man To Walk 600 Miles For Innocent Prisoners

www.takepart.com | Posted 04.26.2013 | Impact

Clemency is a failsafe for system failure. It’s a power held by governors and presidents to fix mistakes, to clean up when the courts get it wrong a...

Court Reverses Murder Conviction Tainted By Controversial Medical Examiner

Radley Balko | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out the testimony of the prolific and controversial medical examiner Steven Hayne and ordered a new trial for...

Radley Balko

Timeline Of The Steven Hayne-Michael West Era In Mississippi

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Steven Hayne and Michael West have been serving as expert witnesses in the courtrooms of Mississippi (and to a lesser degree, Louisiana) for more than...

The New York Times Looks At Steven Hayne

Radley Balko | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

I've been reporting on the unfolding criminal justice disaster in Mississippi involving Steven Hayne and Michael West for several years now, including...

Jeffrey Havard

Radley Balko | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Over at the main HuffPost blog, I have a new investigative piece up about the Jeffrey Havard case. Regular readers will recognize the name, and that ...

Mississippi Man Convicted With Dubious Testimony Moves Closer To Execution

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

It shouldn't be up for debate that the experts who are allowed to testify in Shaken Baby Syndrome cases must be qualified, accredited and meet a minimum set of standards with respect to their practices, methods and professionalism.

Michael McLaughlin

'Wrongfully Executed' Man's Family Tries Again To Clear His Name

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.25.2012 | Crime

Relatives of a Texas man they believe was wrongfully executed appealed to state officials on Oct. 24 to posthumously pardon him. The conviction o...

He Didn't Do It: DNA Test Frees Man Imprisoned For 2 Decades

AP | ANGELA K. BROWN | Posted 10.24.2012 | Crime

FORT WORTH, Texas — A man who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed Friday after DNA evidence cleared him in the rape of a 14-year-o...

Michael McLaughlin

Man Wrongly Jailed For 27 Years Sings National Anthem At Ballgame

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.19.2012 | Crime

For 27 years, William Dillon proclaimed his innocence while languishing in a prison cell. Few listened. Last night, as a free man, he sang the nati...

Moving Towards a Worldwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
David A. Love

Surely the day will come when the international community declares a moratorium on executions. The death penalty is the ultimate human rights violation. As long as humankind upholds the sentence of death, it tears down its own humanity.