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Politics and Justice – A Very Bad Combination

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and again, and again. The justice system has been putrified by politics. I’ve stressed this point numerous times in the past with regard to the pernicious effect politics has on the … Continue reading

Preparing for the Launch of a Network to Support the Wrongfully Convicted in Japan

In May of this year, scholars and attorneys concerned about wrongful convictions in Japan gathered in Kyoto and started to prepare for the launch of an Innocence Project in Japan. We are planning to launch the project in April 2016. … Continue reading

Four Decades, Three Trials, Two Death Sentences, One Exoneree. Almost.

From: Texas Monthly Thirty-eight years after Kerry Max Cook was convicted of murder, he continues to seek exoneration. And now he might finally have a chance to convince the courts of his innocence. – See more at: Editor’s note: … Continue reading

Special Report (Wrongful Convictions): Time to shine a light on the innocent

From the Irish Examiner: Anne Driscoll, Innocence Project I know a man named Angel who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. During his incarceration, both his mother and the mother of his children died and … Continue reading

Equal Justice Under Law? . . . Well . . . Just How Much Justice Can You Afford?

The words chiseled in stone above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building say, “Equal Justice Under Law.” A truly noble philosophy – in theory. But in actual fact, there’s nothing “equal” about justice in this country, and we’re … Continue reading

Sharing Views on Prosecutorial Reform

If you’ve read much of my stuff on this blog, you must know that prosecutors, as a group, are not my favorite people. I am a person driven by logic, fairness, reason, and justice. Given their position, I would expect … Continue reading

The Innocent Citizen’s Justice System Survival Guide

“Ours is a world in which justice is accidental, and innocence no protection.”     Euripedes, 400 B.C. ———————————————————————————————– I come from a legal family, so even though I did not go into law, I’ve had a closeup view of the … Continue reading

Conviction Integrity Units – A Skeptic’s Perspective

Anyone who has followed me at all on this blog must know that, as a group, prosecutors are not my favorite people. But it’s almost, kind-of not their fault. It’s just that the position has been institutionalized with so much … Continue reading

A Major Cause of Wrongful Convictions …….. POLITICS !?

[Editor’s note: this piece has been very difficult to write.  I’ve been working on it for months, and have deliberated about publishing it at all; I think because the objective it advocates is so daunting.  But I do think it … Continue reading

Senator Orrin Hatch to Loretta Lynch: “Clean Up DOJ” and Read Licensed to Lie by Sidney Powell

From NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In last week’s confirmation hearings for the proposed new attorney general of the U.S., Loretta Lynch, esteemed Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah gave the nominee an urgent request: “I recently read a powerful book… I read it in one day.” … Continue reading

Are Prosecutors Above the Law?

From the By Susan Grigsby There is something terribly wrong with a justice system that allows an inordinate amount of power to reside in the hands of one office that not only has no real accountability or oversight, but … Continue reading

Friday’s Quick Clicks…

Fulfilling the “last wishes” of exonerate Bennett Barbour Manuel Valez exonerated from Texas’ death row Exoneree Kenneth Ireland appointed to parole board in Connecticut Montana Innocence Project holding open house Two interesting articles in the Economist:  How Prosecutors Came to … Continue reading

What’s Next for Innocence Work in the UK?

From  By Hannah Quirk The End of Innocence, and The Chance of a New Beginning The sudden demise of the Innocence Network UK (INUK) has caused consternation amongst those working with students on miscarriage of justice cases  – but it also … Continue reading

Camera Perspectives Important in Videotaped Interrogations

Op-ed from the NYTimes: By Jennifer Mnookin, law professor at UCLA: LOS ANGELES — LAST week the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies instituted a policy of recording interrogations of criminal suspects held in custody. Only a … Continue reading

Chicago exonoree chooses hope over anger

The struggle to overcome a wrongful conviction doesn’t end with exoneration. Rebuilding a life interrupted by years of incarceration takes a lot of hard work. Nicole Harris, a client of the Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions who falsely confessed … Continue reading

Sweden’s Most Infamous Wrongful Conviction Case…

From the Local: It is probably Sweden’s worst miscarriage of justice. On Monday, officials decided that Thomas Quick will continue to receive mental treatment but with less restrictions. The Local contributor David Lindén explains how a self-confessed serial killer went … Continue reading

Center for Prosecutor Integrity to Establish ‘Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct’

This (in my opinion) is huge.  By now, you’re probably familiar with the National Registry of Exonerations which has established a mechanism for collecting and documenting data about wrongful convictions across the US.  To date, it has logged data on … Continue reading

Editorial on Jailed Prosecutor Ken Anderson…

Below is the editorial I wrote on the Ken Anderson/Michael Morton saga last Friday.  I’ve received a lot of emails stating that the 10 day jail sentence was insufficient.  I agree, but you have to start somewhere! From the Huffington … Continue reading

Chile Closes Luxury Prison

General Augusto Pinochet ruled over Chile as a dictator from 1973 to 1990. When he died in 2006, he was facing over 300 potential criminal charges for human rights violations, tax evasion, and embezzlement. The 40th anniversary of the coup … Continue reading

A Perspective on the Simon Hall Confession and Its Impact in the UK…

From the By Julie Price, director of the Cardiff Law School’s Innocence Project: Gobsmacked’, some said. Others were ‘Stunned’, writes Julie Price. But whatever the language of choice for miscarriage of justice observers, the common reaction to Simon Hall’s confession last month … Continue reading