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Today is the First International Wrongful Conviction Day…

Here are some of the groups holding events today, with links:

Canada—The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted: http://www.aidwyc.org/wcd-2014/

Canada—The Ontario Poetry Society: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/convicted.pdf

SSH Student Society (Canada) https://www.facebook.com/events/1495255117394681/?source=1

Canada—The University of Manitoba:       http://law.robsonhall.ca/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/10/02/1125/36/distinguished-visitor-lecture-qconvicting-women-easy-to-do-well-nigh-impossible-to-undoq-speaker-kim-pate-an-event-to-mark-wrongful-conviction-day

Canada—Windsor Law, University of Windsor (Ontario): http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/409/wrongful-conviction-day

Illinois—Justice for the Illinois’ Wrongfully Convicted: https://sites.google.com/a/sihrg.org/solicitors-international-human-rights-group/Home

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/16874-wrongful-conviction-day-10-2

California—Humber School of Social and Community Services (California):             https://twitter.com/HumberSSCS/status/515136055818080256/photo/1

California Western School of Law https://www.facebook.com/events/1494548694148202/permalink/1494748220794916/

Ireland—Griffith College (Ireland):  https://www.griffith.ie/about-griffith/events/inaugural-wrongful-conviction-day-taking-place-griffith-college

Australia—Griffith University: http://www.griffith.edu.au/

California Anti-Junk Science Forensics Bill Signed Into Law

Mike Bowers, on his blog Forensics in Focus, has posted the news that a new “anti-junk science forensics” bill has been signed into law in California.

The law permits post conviction defendants the ability to contest expert testimony that was presented against them at trial. In other words, convictions in which experts have either repudiated their past testimony, or used forensic “science” that is later deemed faulty by legitimate research, are subject to later proceedings reversing that conviction.

This is a huge deal, because it prevents prosecutors and judges from just using old case law as an excuse for ignoring habeas corpus appeals expressing new forensic research and attitudes.

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

  • Ohio Innocence Project sues Columbus Police Department for release of records under Public Records Act, seeking clarification from Ohio Supreme Court over obligation of state to disclose files in old, post-conviction cases under investigation by OIP.
  • Irish Innocence Project now on Facebook
  • Ohio Innocence Project to celebrate 10-year anniversary and 17 released from prison at gala on October 25th
  • Midwest Innocence Project will partner with clinic at University of Kansas law school to more effectively investigate Kansas cases of wrongful conviction

Friday’s Quick Clicks…

Flawed Forensics – Part of a TV Series from Al Jazeera America Examining the US Justice System

Al Jazeera America is running an eight part series called The System which examines the state of the justice system in the US.  This coming Sunday, June 1, the program will cover flawed forensics, and will highlight the case of Mississippi death row inmate Willie Manning.  Manning is a victim of the now-acknowledged faulty hair analysis practices of the FBI.

There is a zip code box on the Al Jazeera America home page to help you find their programming in your area:

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Here is the schedule for the entire series, The System:

Episode 1: False Confessions, Sunday May 18th at 9E/6P

Episode 2: Mandatory Sentencing, Sunday May 25th at 9E/6P

Episode 3: Flawed Forensics, Sunday June 1st at 9E/6P

Episode 4: Eyewitness Identification, Sunday June 8th at 9E/6P

Episode 5: Parole: High Risks, High Stakes, Sunday June 15th at 9E/6P

Episode 6: Juvenile Justice, Sunday June 22nd at 9E/6P

Episode 7: Geography of Punishment, Sunday June 29th at 9E/6P

Episode 8: Prosecutorial Misconduct, Sunday July 6th at 9E/6P
 

 

Friday’s Quick Clicks…

Innocence Network Conference…..

It’s time for the annual Innocence Network Conference, this year in Portland, Oregon.  All the innocence leaders from around the U.S. (and world) are currently descending on this beautiful city in the mountains for 3 days of learning and sharing.  Find details about the conference here