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Wrongful Conviction

Forensic Science Is Not CSI, in Ferguson or Anywhere Else

William Lynch III | Posted 12.19.2014 | Crime
William Lynch III

None of this is to say that we need to toss all the evidence out and start at square one. Nor am I saying that the evidence supporting Wilson's account is totally false. My point is that everyone must realize that forensic science is not absolute like on television.

It's Camera Time

William Lynch III | Posted 12.15.2014 | Crime
William Lynch III

Already, the evidence is pouring in that police body cameras are helpful for police and civilians. When police officers are accountable to a video camera monitoring them, it appears to make a big change in their behavior.

3 Things You Can Do to End Police Killings and Fix the Criminal Justice System

Matthew Cooke | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

We intend to continue making documentary series and films and writing blogs about human rights. We'll be announcing another one soon. But all this talk is useless unless we band together and act.

Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned

Jeffrey Deskovic | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Deskovic

Last year there were 91 exonerations. This year there have been 90 thus far. To date there have been 1482 exonerations overall, only 321 of them being DNA related. What is causing the staggering number of wrongful convictions?

'Life Is So Beautiful' For Man Freed After Wrongful Conviction

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man freed after nearly four decades in prison when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the la...

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Michael McLaughlin

2 Men Both Wrongfully Convicted For Same Crime, 17 Years Apart

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

No one argues that two teens were shot and killed in bleachers above a swimming pool on Chicago's South Side more than 30 years ago. What's harder to ...

Wrongly Convicted By The Innocence Project

The Daily Beast | Jacob Siegel | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

When Alstory Simon walked out of prison on the last day of October, it was 15 years since he had first confessed to murdering a young couple by the si...

More Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

I don't intend to dwell on this topic much further but there's one more astonishing act of grace -- from the most unlikely of sources -- I feel compelled to testify to. And it concerns David's greatest champion -- Dr. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

A Wrongful Conviction Robbed Him Of His Freedom, And Then His Life

The Intercept | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

On a snowy evening in late March, just over a year after walking out of prison, where he had spent 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, William Lo...

The Truth About False Confessions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It is hard -- near impossible -- for most of us to believe that innocent people sometime falsely confess to committing horrible crimes. In fact, most people insist that they would never confess to a murder or rape that they did not commit. Not under any circumstances. But Henry Lee McCollum did.

Death Row Roulette: Innocence Revealed

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

As long as we have the death penalty, we run the risk that the State will take the life of the wrong person. Little offends democracy more than the State killing -- or even almost killing -- an innocent person.

North Carolina Man To Adjust To Life Outside Prison After 30 Years

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After walking out of prison for the first time in three decades, former death row inmate Henry McCollum tried to climb into his...

New Evidence Suggests Key Witness In Death Row Case Was Encouraged To Lie

The Marshall Project | MAURICE POSSLEY | Posted 08.03.2014 | Crime

CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted t...

Anna Almendrala

Why Sleep Deprivation Is A Justice Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Sleep deprivation is a serious safety issue and has been implicated in everything from oil spills to plane crashes to nuclear power plant explosions. ...

Judge Calls For Exonerating Man Falsely Convicted Of Rape

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recen...

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

Sleep No More

Richard LaGravenese | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Richard LaGravenese

On average, one out of every 25 Death Row inmates are innocent. In developing The Divide, premiering July 16 on WEtv, our attempt to portray their stories as well as those dedicated to the Innocence Project has been a humbling experience.

Almost Everything You've Read About Amanda Knox Is Wrong

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 09.06.2014 | Crime
Lisa Marie Basile

When I wrote, "Amanda Knox is innocent," I believed it. I continue to believe it. The innocence is clear once you navigate the twisted, false and misinterpreted information published every day. That's the issue. There's a lot of faulty reportage out there.

'Rectify' Returns With More Realism on Life After Exoneration

Alison Flowers | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
Alison Flowers

Apart from media coverage about wrongful convictions -- and the multi-million dollar settlements some have won -- little is known about how exonerated prisoners struggle to reenter society and rebuild the lives they lost.

Innocent Man Freed After 17 Years Following Review Of Disgraced NYPD Detective's Cases

Atlanta Black Star | Taylor Gordon | Posted 06.06.2014 | Black Voices

The New York man who was wrongfully convicted of murder for a 1997 Brooklyn homicide was finally released from jail Tuesday after it was revealed that...

Are Women Left Behind in Exonerations?

Alison Flowers | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Alison Flowers

While most exonerations involve a crime where someone else is responsible, this often does not hold true in women's cases. For the majority of female exonerations, no crime occurred in the case at all.

Michael McLaughlin

Shocking Number Of Innocent People Sentenced To Death, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime

More than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death in the United States are probably innocent, according to a study published Monday that sent shock wa...

I Lost 25 Years for Something I Didn't Do

Jonathan Fleming | Posted 06.13.2014 | Crime
Jonathan Fleming

Can you imagine how I felt when I heard that jury say I was guilty, when I knew I was in Florida at Disney World with my family when the murder was committed? I couldn't believe what was happening. It all felt like a nightmare, but one that I could never wake up from.

Michael McLaughlin

A Record Number Of Inmates Were Exonerated Last Year For Crimes They Didn't Commit

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime

Nicole Harris' boyfriend woke up from a nap in 2005 and found her 4-year-old son, Jaquari, with an elastic band from a bed sheet wrapped around his th...