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Breaking News: Amanda Knox Exonerated!!!!!!

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Wrongful Conviction Humor at the Expense of Texas….

From the Onion:

Texas Now Regretting Wasting Doses Of Pancuronium Bromide On Innocent Guys Back In 1997, 2000, 2004

HUNTSVILLE, TX—Noting that their prison system’s supply of lethal injection drugs continues to dwindle as more manufacturers agree to halt sales, sources within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirmed Thursday that they now regret wasting doses of pancuronium bromide on innocent prisoners in 1997, 2000, and 2004. “Using up 100 milligrams of this stuff on a wrongfully convicted inmate wasn’t such a big deal back when we had a steady stream of these chemicals coming in, but now we’d give anything to have fatal amounts of that compound back,” said the department’s executive director, Brad Livingston, emphasizing that, had the agency known it would one day be scrambling to find and acquire suitable substitutes for the deadly cocktail, it would have shown a bit more patience and discretion when handing down death sentences in questionable cases. “In those days, pumping a bunch of this stuff into some guy who was in here due to incompetent public defenders, unreliable testimony, and an implausible timeline of events wasn’t the most economical use of our stockpile, but it just seemed like a drop in the bucket. Now that we’re down to our last few syringes, though, it’s hard not to think about all the paralysis-inducing solution we could’ve saved for actual murderers.” Livingston added that, even in light of recent shortages, he still had no reservations about executing the mentally retarded.

Monday Quick Clicks…

Another conviction reversed because of misleading PowerPoint images

Last month, this blog highlighted here a Marshall Project report on how prosecutors are winning convictions through the egregious misuse of PowerPoint presentations.

Now, the Marshall Project reports here the reversal of yet another conviction because of prosecutors’ use of inflammatory and misleading PowerPoint images during a trial. That brings the total of such reversals to 11, the Marshall Project says. There likely will be more.

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

  • How the Irish Innocence Project got justice for Harry Gleeson; here’s a video about their work
  • Exoneree Jeffrey Deskovic will share his story at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Bill filed in Alaska that would provide compensation for exonerees
  • Friendship Nine’ To Be Exonerated 54 Years After Bold Stand Against Segregated Lunch Counter in Rock Hill, SC
  • Brooklyn DA investigating allegations of NYPD officers planting guns on innocent people
  • Victims of two of Britain’s most worrying miscarriages of justice of modern times are to take the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, to court over changes to the law stopping them from receiving compensation for the 24 years they wrongly spent behind bars. Victor Nealon, who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape before his conviction was quashed, has begun legal action after being left penniless, suffering from post-traumatic stress and unable to work as a result of his wrongful imprisonment. He has been joined by one of Britain’s youngest miscarriage of justice victims, Sam Hallam, who, aged 17, was convicted of murder after a trainee chef was stabbed during a fight in London.  Keep reading….
  • Annual report of the Wits Justice Project in South Africa
  • Chicago police videotaping photo lineups and live lineups under new law

Tuesday’s Quick Clicks…

Fernando Bermudez Reaches $4.75 Million Settlement for Wrongful Imprisonment

Courtsey of Fernando Bermudez.

From the LA Times:

By Javier Panzar and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Dec 23, 2014

A New York man who spent 18 years in prison for murder he did not commit will receive a $4.75-million settlement from the state, the largest award for a wrongful conviction in New York history.

Fernando Bermudez was arrested in a 1991 shooting and convicted the next year of second-degree murder, but a judge in 2009 declared him innocent after several witnesses recanted their testimony.  Continue reading