Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Exonerations, Post-conviction relief, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction, Wrongfully Convicted Women
Tagged compensation, compensation bill, Kentucky Innocence Project, Raymond Lee Jennings, Tim Cole, Tim Cole Commission, William Carini, William Virgil, wrongful conviction
The year 2016 will go down as a good one for Freddie Peacock. But because it was so long in coming, it surely must be bittersweet. His story illustrates the slow pace and enormous hurdles in correcting criminal justice miscarriages post-conviction. It also calls on our individual and national conscience to make 2017 the year responsible citizens send the message loud and clear to all public and criminal justice professionals that this nation must replace the mantra of “tough on crime” with “smart on crime.” In the Peacock case we learn many lessons about wrongful conviction rarely delivered so clearly by a federal judge.
In August 2016 U.S. District Judge Michael Telesca awarded Freddie Peacock nearly $6.2 million long after Peacock’s conviction of and imprisonment for a 1976 Rochester (NY) rape he didn’t commit. Peacock had sued the city of Rochester and Rochester police. Judge Telesca’s decisions in May (here) enabling Peacock to pursue civil damages and in August (here) determining his damages are instructional for those who believe wrongful convictions are the inevitable rare result of innocent human error. Continue reading
Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Conviction Integrity Units, Editorials/Opinion, Exonerations, forensic science, Junk science, New Evidence, Police conduct (good and bad), Post-conviction relief, Prosecutorial conduct (good and bad), Reforming/Improving the system, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged compensation, Conviction Integrity Unit, DNA testing, forensic science, wrongful conviction
Posted in Capital punishment, Exonerations, Eyewitness identification, Junk science, Prosecutorial conduct (good and bad), Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged Annie Dookhan, Arson, arson forensic science, Brendan Dassey, capital punishment, Death Penalty, Dennis Maher, DNA, DNA testing, exoneration, Forensic Science Lab, Guilty Plea, informant, jailhouse snitch, Making a Murderer, prosecutorial misconduct, Protein Hair Analysis, Randy Steidl, rodricus crawford, shaken baby syndrome, wrongful conviction
Posted in Exonerations, Eyewitness identification, New Evidence, Post-conviction relief, Uncategorized
Tagged Brendan Dassey, capital punishment, compensation, Conviction Integrity Unit, eyewitness identification, eyewitness reliability, Making a Murderer, Mike Hansen, Richard Rosario
Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was remembered for many things after her death this week. But one of her most important accomplishments was greatly overlooked — how she fostered the innocence movement. Defense attorney James M. Doyle explains how in a column here.
Posted in Capital punishment, Exonerations, Post-conviction relief, Project Spotlights, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged Beatrice Six, Brian T Cooper, capital punishment, Death Penalty, jailhouse snitch, Lamonte McIntyre, new trial, Post-conviction relief, University of Buffalo, wrongful conviction
Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Exonerations, Junk science, Post-conviction relief, Uncategorized
Tagged compensation, declaration of innocence, DNA testing, exoneration, false confession, George Allen Jr., Jack McCullough, wrongful conviction
Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Exonerations, Film/Cinema, Police conduct (good and bad), Post-conviction relief, Project Spotlights, Uncategorized
Tagged compensation, David Ayers, exoneration, Exoneration Project, jailhouse snitch, Orange County Informant Scandal, snitch evidence, Southwest of Salem, wrongful conviction
Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Exonerations, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged Central Park 5, donald trump, exoneration, Joseph Buffey, Ken Thompson, Ohio Innocence Project, reform, wrongful conviction
Donald Trump doesn’t acknowledge wrongful convictions proven by DNA and by the credible, delayed confession of a convicted murderer and rapist. Insisting on Friday that the Central Park 5 are guilty of the 1989 high-profile horrific attack and rape of an investment banker jogging in Central Park, he revealed he knows nothing about DNA, the dynamics of false confessions, or contemporary understandings relating to criminal justice and wrongful convictions.
Shortly after the crime occurred Trump paid thousands to run full-page ads in newspapers calling for reinstatement of the death penalty in New York. The ads fueled a fever pitch of outrage over a crime that had already stunned the nation. His insistence on inserting his opinion could only exacerbate tempers in a difficult time of race relations.
In his statement Friday, Trump revealed he is woefully uneducated in the realities of criminal justice miscarriages. This is frightening when the need for criminal justice reform has reached an awareness level great enough to find a place in both the Republican and Democrat national political platforms.
For those who study wrongful convictions and even for the informed everyday citizen, Continue reading
Posted in Editorials/Opinion, Exonerations, False confessions, Junk science, Police conduct (good and bad), Reforming/Improving the system, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged Central Park 5, Commentary, current-events, donald trump
Posted in Editorials/Opinion, Events, Exonerations, Film/Cinema, Junk science, Reforming/Improving the system, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction, Wrongful Conviction Day, Wrongfully Convicted Women
Tagged Amanda Knox, Conviction, DNA, exoneration, International Wrongful Conviction Day, wrongful conviction, Wrongful Conviction Day
Posted in Access to DNA testing, Exonerations, False confessions, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged DNA, DNA testing, exoneration, false confession, forensic science, Forensic Science Lab, wrongful conviction
Australia is viewed by many as an idyllic continent, where people can feel safe, and the rule of law prevails. Yet despite being a first world nation, policing can often be outdated and primitive. The use of paid-informants, and the reliance upon supposed ‘jail-house’ confessions has been known to cause wrongful convictions for decades. Yet as recently as 2009, the police of New South Wales used a paid informant to secure a confession from a young vulnerable Sudanese refugee. This supposed confession was obtained while the young man believed the informant had been brought to him to offer support during questioning by the police.
Such tactics not only smack of the worst kind of trickery, they also provide the flimsiest of evidence upon which to base a prosecution. However, this is exactly what the prosecution in the murder case against JB – a Sudanese refugee aged 15 at the time – did. Not only did they rely upon this evidence, they then proceeded to cover it up. It was not disclosed at trial, nor at a subsequent appeal, that the man known as A107 was a police informant, who then avoided his own criminal charges after this assistance with the case against JB.
There is now – belatedly – an inquiry into the police – including the ‘editing’ of contemporaneous notes – and the prosecution (for non-disclosure). This comes 7 years after the jailing of an innocent teenager. The inquiry should be asking why the police, as recently as 2009, were using such methods to try and obtain confessions, and then conspiring to cover their methods up.
Read more here:
Probe launched into wrongful conviction of Sudanese refugee jailed over Edward Spowart murder