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Wrongful Conviction

Doubt and the Death Penalty

Cyrus Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cyrus Vance

Victims of crime deserve justice. Those who commit crimes must be held accountable for their actions. But just as we prosecute, we also must safeguard the rights of the innocent.

The Costs of Wrongful Convictions Continue to Rise

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Wrongful convictions occur due to a system that is prone to error. In addition to incarcerating a person for a crime they didn't commit, wrongful convictions impose a financial burden on taxpayers.

Sonnier's Release Highlights Continuing Problem

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Ernest Sonnier's release is just the latest case that highlights the ongoing problem of wrongful convictions in Texas. And writ large, it is a reminder of the continuing struggle we face to fix our nation's broken criminal justice system.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Found Innocent After 12 Years In Prison For Murder

New York Daily News | Scott Shifrel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A Brooklyn man who spent 12 years in prison for murder is innocent, a judge ruled Friday in a powerfully worded decision. Jonathan Wheeler-Whichard, ...

Texas Case Highlights Problems in Forensics Lab

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Forensic science is not flawless, and its use in the criminal justice system is in great need of reform.

Examining the Fairness and Accuracy of the Penal System

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

For the government to reshape our criminal process from "top-to-bottom," as Senator Webb's legislation calls for, it is crucial this commission examines the causes and costs of wrongful convictions.

Wrongful Convictions Are Still Possible in New Mexico

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

I applaud Governor Bill Richardson for his commitment to the fair administration of justice and hope that he continues to ensure that life and liberty are both protected in New Mexico.

New Report Analyzes Texas Wrongful Convictions Exposed by DNA

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

An analysis of all wrongful convictions in Texas reveals distinct patterns in the types of mistakes that lead to convicting the innocent.

The Scott Sisters: Two Life Sentences for 11 Dollars?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

How do you wind up in prison serving two life terms for a robbery that netted 11 dollars? That question has haunted first time offenders Gladys and Jamie Scott for the past 15 years.

The Price of Justice: Time to Invest in Criminal Justice Reforms

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

It is easy -- but wrong -- to say that we can save money by slashing government funding for lawyers for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own.

The Devastating Consequences of Prosecutorial Misconduct

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Tim Masters was fifteen years old at the time of his alleged crime, and was not convicted until 12 years later. He languished in prison for almost ten years, and spent half his life trying to prove his innocence.

Eyewitness Identifications Lead to Wrongful Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Terzano

The alarming number of false identifications uncovered by this report confirms what researchers have been repeating for years - eyewitness evidence is highly prone to error.

Deputy Justice Minister Releases Goats From Prison In DR Congo

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered a Kinshasa jail to release a dozen goats, which he said were being held there illegally. D...

Charges Dropped Against Alton Logan

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rob Warden

All charges have at last been dropped against 55-year-old Alton Logan, who languished behind bars more than a quarter of a century for the murder of a security guard -- a crime that two Chicago public defenders knew almost from the beginning he hadn't committed.