Mark GodseyDaniel P. & Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Director, Center for the Global Study of Wrongful Conviction; Director, Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project | Email | Profile
Justin BrooksProfessor, California Western School of Law; Director, California Innocence Project | Email
Cheah Wui LingAssistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore Email | Profile
Daniel EhighaluaNigerian Barrister; Project Director, Innocence Project Nigeria Email
C Ronald HuffProfessor of Criminology, Law & Society and Sociology, University of California-Irvine Email | Profile
Phil LockeScience and Technology Advisor, Ohio Innocence Project and Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic Email
Dr. Carole McCartneyReader in Law, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University Email
Nancy PetroAuthor and Advocate
Kana SasakuraAssociate Professor, Faculty of Law, Konan University; Visiting Scholar, University of Washington School of Law; Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW)
Dr. Robert SchehrProfessor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University; Executive Director, Arizona Innocence Project Email | Profile
Shiyuan HuangAssociate Professor, Shandong University Law School; Visiting Scholar, University of Cincinnati College of Law Email | Profile
Ulf StridbeckProfessor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Martin YantAuthor and Private Investigator Email | Profile
Category Archives: Race
- Six death row inmates were exonerated in 2014; all of them were people of color
- Exoneree Ryan Ferguson will get to check one off of his bucket list–attending the SuperBowl
- State of Washington considering DNA preservation bill
- Exoneree Brian Banks realizing dream working for NFL
- Racial disparities of incarceration in UK and Australia exceed disparities in U.S.
- Irish Innocence Project blends law and journalism to tackle injustice
- Exoneree Ryan Ferguson on his first year of freedom
- Dealing with the racial nature of wrongful convictions
- In China, exoneree awarded $256,000 in compensation for his 16 years of wrongful conviction
- The Marshall Project: Plea Bargaining and the Innocent
- Chinese couple seek compensation for wrongfully executed son
If you have been paying attention at all, you know that the Texas death penalty machine has been operating at full tilt – 508 executions since 1982, with 16 in just 2013. This includes the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, and it had become abundantly clear, even before his execution, that Willingham was actually innocent.
Texas is now getting ready to execute Rodney Reed for a murder that it is likely somebody else committed. This could be confirmed by simple DNA testing of items from the crime scene, and has been requested by his attorney and The Innocence Project. But the state of Texas has steadfastly refused to do the testing, and in a hearing held just last Tuesday, a Texas judge has ruled that no further DNA testing is warranted. See the report on that hearing by The Intercept here.
CNN has posted a story by Dan Simon about the case, and you can read that story here.
This from the CNN story:
“Why on earth, one wonders, would Texas battle fiercely against conducting the testing? Would it be naive to propose the state should welcome it?
The answer cannot be the meager costs of running the tests or the negligible time they would take to run. Nor could the state claim to be acting out of respect for the victim’s loved ones — a dubious justification from the outset — given that numerous members of her (the victim’s) family are campaigning publicly on Reed’s behalf.
The best explanation for the state’s aversion to the testing may be the dread of learning the truth. The prospect of finding that Reed is innocent would deliver a resounding condemnation of the state’s criminal justice process — its detectives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, jurors and appellate courts.”
There is significant case detail in the original story by The Intercept, which you can read here.
From The Huffington Post:
By Michael McLaughlin
- Quattrone Center press release: Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was joined today by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law to announce the implementation of key changes in the organizational structure of her office to ensure the highest professional standards, integrity, and quality control in the county’s criminal justice system. The changes are being implemented at the conclusion of a root cause analysis conducted in partnership with the Quattrone Center. Keep reading….
- Editorial by Lawrence Hellman, director of Oklahoma Innocence Project, with case update and discussion of Conviction Integrity Units
- Aboriginal chiefs in British Columbia finally exonerated after being executed 150 years ago
- “An eye for an eye” is the top reason cited by Americans who support the death penalty
- Hearing set for November 10th for Alaska Innocence Project’s Fairbanks Four case
- Video about innocence inmates on death row in Japan
- Father exonerated of abusing his child in England: social worker who made allegations says police pressured her to lie
- Retired judge says he wrongfully convicted man because of racial bias
- Exoneree Martin Tankleff creates scholarship at Touro Law School