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Wrongful Conviction

Death Row Roulette: Innocence Revealed

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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...

Delbert Tibbs, Death Row Survivor, May You Rest In Peace

David A. Love | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.

"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.

Technical Fouls on Okla. Judge in Hoops Star's Rape Case

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

When powerful evidence showed that an Oklahoma State University hoops star had been wrongfully convicted of rape, Judge Phillip Corley had a chance to blow the whistle. Instead, he blew the call.

Hidden Agenda Fuels Challenge to Pivotal Death Penalty Case

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony Porter, the exonerated death row inmate whose jubilant release from prison was the catalyst for abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, is back in the news after living in relative obscurity for years.

St. Louis Jails The Wrong People. Public Officials Shrug.

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Attention-grabbing lede to this remarkable story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Shannon Renee McNeal was torn from her screaming children by p...

The Tribune Murdered the Truth

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

"Who Committed Murder?" the editorial's headline blared. Its focus was on a double homicide of a young couple that led to the conviction and near-execution of Anthony Porter in 1998. Porter was freed after another man, Alstory Simon, confessed to the slayings on videotape.

What's Justice Got to Do With It?

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

"I'm looking for someone to explain justice," said Grace Slattery to a reporter. Slattery was lamenting the comparatively stiff prison sentence her son Patrick had received for his part in a patronage scandal under ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Judge Cannon Misfires Again

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Leaving her mother in charge of a son with cerebral palsy, Camilla Clifton headed to the Cook County criminal courthouse to support her nephew, on trial in 2009 for an attempted murder she believed he did not commit. Clifton would not see her family again for three days.

Readers Fight Back

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

As I begin a third year blogging for The Huffington Post, a bouquet to readers who have posted comments below my ramblings. Some of you have agreed wi...

No Retrial For 3 Men Wrongfully Convicted In '95 Murder Of FedEx Exec

AP | Posted 09.21.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Prosecutors will not seek a retrial against three New York City men whose murder convictions in the 1995 killing of a FedEx Corp. executiv...