Curtis Flowers Sues Prosecutor Who Tried Him Six Times

Charges were dropped in 2019 against Mr. Flowers, who spent 23 years in prison after he was accused of killing four people at a Mississippi furniture store.

#discrimination, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #evans-doug-attorney, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #flowers-curtis, #mississippi, #prisons-and-prisoners, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #suits-and-litigation-civil

She Was Declared a Witch at Salem. These Middle Schoolers Want to Clear Her Name.

An eighth-grade class in North Andover, Mass., is seeking to clear the name of Elizabeth Johnson Jr., who was convicted of witchcraft in 1693.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #history-academic-subject, #johnson-elizabeth-jr-1670-1716, #massachusetts, #north-andover-mass, #salem-mass, #state-legislatures, #witchcraft

Man Held for More Than 2 Years After Hawaii Arrest Over Mistaken Identity, Lawyer Says

Joshua Spriestersbach was arrested in 2017 in Hawaii after a police officer thought he looked like a man who had an outstanding warrant, according to a petition to clear his record.

#castleberry-thomas, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #homeless-persons, #honolulu-hawaii, #identification-devices, #innocence-project, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mistaken-identity, #spriestersbach-joshua

After Two Decades and a DNA Test, Charges Are Dropped in Georgia Killings

Convicted of killing a couple in 1985, Dennis Perry spent 20 years in prison before hair samples helped set him free. Now, the homicide charges against him have been dismissed.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #georgia, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #perry-dennis-a-1962, #sparre-erik, #swain-harold-d-1985, #swain-thelma-d-1985, #waverly-ga

I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?

For years as a journalist, I’ve covered attempts to exonerate incarcerated people. But a letter from Yutico Briley led to a different kind of story.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #jury-system, #new-orleans-la, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #williams-jason-1975

Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis

The refusal to admit the reporter comes amid a nationwide crackdown on journalists, opposition politicians and civil society groups.

#anatoly-kurmanaev, #central-america, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #freedom-of-the-press, #latin-america, #media, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel

An Innocent Man Went to Prison for Murder. Now, It’s the Real Killer’s Turn.

Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in the 1996 killing of Angie Dodge in Idaho, a crime for which Christopher Tapp was exonerated.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #idaho, #idaho-falls-idaho, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #tapp-christopher

Police Chief Who Threatened Facebook Critic With False Arrest Pleads Guilty

Brian Buglio, the police chief in West Hazleton, Pa., agreed to resign as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

#brian-buglio, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #east-stroudsburg-pa, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #pennsylvania, #west-hazleton-pa

Illinois Lawmakers Bar Police From Using Deception When Interrogating Minors

A bill that passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support on Sunday would make Illinois the first state to prohibit officers from lying when interrogating those under 18.

#chicago-ill, #confessions, #criminal-justice, #dassey-brendan, #durkin-jim, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #foxx-kim, #illinois, #innocence-project, #interrogations, #police-department-chicago-ill, #state-legislatures, #youth

Ex-Prosecutor Who Withheld Evidence in Murder Case Gives Up Law License

Two men who spent 15 years behind bars in the 1999 murder of a Texas pastor were later released and declared “actually innocent.”

#allen-dennis, #black-people, #dallas-tex, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #jackson-richard-e, #legal-profession, #mozee-stanley, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-registry-of-exonerations, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #texas, #witnesses

Cleared of Murder, Brothers Are Awarded $75 Million

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half brothers with intellectual disabilities, spent three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

#artis-roscoe, #brown-leon, #capital-punishment, #compensation-for-damages-law, #confessions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #intellectual-disabilities, #mccollum-henry-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #north-carolina-innocence-inquiry-commission, #robeson-county-nc, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

After Helping Her Husband Gain Freedom, Maya Moore Savors Her Own

Moore, the 2014 W.N.B.A. M.V.P., is reveling in married life and continuing a fight for criminal justice reform alongside Jonathan Irons, whom she married after helping him win his release from prison after 23 years.

#atlanta-ga, #basketball, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

It’s Time to Revisit the Satanic Panic

As the United States shifted with the anxieties of the 1980s, baseless conspiracy theories about satanic cults committing mass abuse spread around the country.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #conspiracy-theories, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #mcmartin-preschool, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #occult-sciences, #rivera-geraldo, #sex-crimes

Herbert Alford Sues Hertz Over Lost Receipt That Was His Murder Alibi

He spent four years imprisoned on a murder conviction before the car rental company finally located a receipt showing he was nowhere near the scene of the 2011 killing in Michigan.

#alford-herbert, #automobile-renting-and-leasing, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #hertz-global-holdings-inc, #ingham-county-mich, #michigan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #suits-and-litigation-civil

They Spent 24 Years Behind Bars. Then the Case Fell Apart.

A judge threw out the convictions of three men who spent decades in prison. Defense lawyers accused the Queens district attorney’s office of withholding crucial evidence.

#brown-richard-a, #decisions-and-verdicts, #district-attorneys, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #gary-johnson, #george-bell, #katz-melinda-r, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #queens-nyc, #rohan-bolt

Shelia Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

#alabama, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #scottsboro-boys, #scottsboro-boys-museum-and-cultural-center-scottsboro-ala, #washington-shelia-1960-2021

Sheila Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

#alabama, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #scottsboro-boys, #scottsboro-boys-museum-and-cultural-center-scottsboro-ala, #washington-sheila-1960-2021

3 Detectives Obtained a False Murder Confession. Was It One of Dozens?

Huwe Burton was wrongly convicted because of deceptive interrogation techniques. How many more cases were “solved” the same way?

#bronx-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #cuomo-andrew-m, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #green-haven-correctional-facility, #interrogations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #witnesses, #youth

Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

#alley-sedley, #capital-punishment, #clement-paul-d, #collins-suzanne-marie-1966-85, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scheck-barry, #supreme-courts-state, #tennessee

‘Likely Innocent’: Judge Frees Woman Jailed 15 Years in Child’s Death

Rosa Jimenez was imprisoned after being convicted of murder in the death of a toddler who choked on paper towels while she was babysitting him in 2003. Experts now say the death was accidental.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #austin-tex, #decisions-and-verdicts, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #jimenez-rosa-estella, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #texas, #travis-county-tex

It’s Time for Police to Stop Lying to Suspects

Innocent people are in jail because detectives tricked them.

#central-park-jogger-case-1989, #confessions, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #interrogations, #police-department-nyc, #psychology-and-psychologists

Queens Prosecutors Ignored Misconduct for Years. Can a New D.A. Change That?

In her first year as district attorney, Melinda Katz has led major culture shifts in the borough. But some hope for more.

#brown-richard-a, #caban-tiffany, #district-attorneys, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #katz-melinda-r, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #queens-nyc

Is Kevin Cooper an Innocent Man?

We’ve seen the DNA evidence in the Kevin Cooper case. It points elsewhere.

#black-people, #california, #chino-hills-calif, #cooper-kevin, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government, #witnesses

Man Who Sat on Death Row Is Cleared After Bite-Mark Evidence Is Doubted

Eddie Lee Howard of Mississippi spent more than two decades in prison, but the evidence used to convict him in a 1992 killing is no longer considered reliable.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #howard-eddie-lee-jr, #mississippi, #west-michael-h-1952

No One Should Go to Prison for a Crime They Didn’t Commit

Deceptive interrogations and false confessions are all too common. New York can stop them.

#central-park-jogger-case-1989, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #interrogations, #meili-trisha, #myrie-zellnor, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #state-legislatures

Flawed Facial Recognition Leads To Arrest and Jail for New Jersey Man

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition.

#black-people, #clearview-ai-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #ton-that-hoan

Police Took Their Son Away. Then the Merchants of Hope Showed Up.

The police seize and kill young men in Nigeria. Then pastors, lawyers and so-called human rights advocates squeeze money out of their families, promising to help find them.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #nigeria, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #special-anti-robbery-squad-sars

Best of The Sunday Read 2020: From Female Rage to Michelangelo’s David

A few of our favorite and most popular episodes of the narrated article series from “The Daily.”

#barry-dan, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #danticat-edwidge, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #fashion-and-apparel, #j-crew-group, #jc-penney-company-inc, #morris-wesley-1975, #orange-tommy-author, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #shutdowns-institutional, #weil-elizabeth

Convicted Using False Testimony, Walter Forbes Is Free After 38 Years

After years of outreach by University of Michigan law students, a woman admitted that her account of seeing Walter Forbes help set a deadly fire had been “a complete fabrication.”

#black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forbes-walter-1957, #jackson-mich, #kennebrew-annice, #michigan, #university-of-michigan, #witnesses

This Wrongly Convicted Man Spent 25 Thanksgivings in Prison

This holiday, he says he’s thankful. Are you?

#brooklyn-nyc, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #throat

2 Murders 3 Decades Ago: A Podcaster and a TV Producer Dig In

An unlikely collaboration yields two productions that try to untangle a mystery in Michigan.

#davis-jacinda-television-producer, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #kalamazoo-mich, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #podcasts, #simpson-susan-podcaster, #television, #the-killer-in-question-tv-program, #titus-jeff-november-17-1990-murder, #undisclosed-radio-program

Massachusetts Judge Overturns Murder Conviction, Citing ‘Racial Animus’ in Prosecutors’ Emails

New evidence emerged in the case of Frances Choy, who spent half of her life imprisoned in Massachusetts for a fire that killed her parents.

#arson, #asian-americans, #brockton-mass, #choy-frances-1985, #choy-kenneth-1986, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prosecutorial-misconduct

Maya Moore of W.N.B.A. Weds Jonathan Irons, Inmate She Helped Free

Ms. Moore took a break from basketball to help free Jonathan Irons. His conviction on burglary and assault charges was overturned in March.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #marriages, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Police or Prosecutor Misconduct Is at Root of Half of Exoneration Cases, Study Finds

Wrongly convicted Black defendants were slightly more likely than whites to be victims of misconduct, especially in drug and murder investigations.

#criminal-justice, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #national-registry-of-exonerations, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prosecutorial-misconduct

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man in 1983 Rape and Killing, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors in Hillsborough County, Fla., said Robert DuBoise, 55, had been wrongfully convicted. On Wednesday, they moved to free him after he spent 37 years behind bars.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #duboise-robert, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #hillsborough-county-fla, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes

Richard Lapointe, Exonerated in a Murder Case, Dies at 74

Advocates worked for decades to free him in the murder of his wife’s grandmother in Connecticut; in 2015 a court finally agreed.

#deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #lapointe-richard-a, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

He Spent 26 Years in a Chinese Prison. Then He Was Cleared of Murder.

A court in eastern China convicted Zhang Yuhuan in 1995 for the murder of two boys. His exoneration has grabbed headlines, though legal reforms have been sluggish.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nie-shubin-1974-95, #politics-and-government

Look to Local Prosecutors for Police Reform

We shouldn’t trust the reports of officers with prior misconduct.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government

Maya Moore’s Help to Win Jonathan Irons’s Freedom Shows Women Leading Change

Largely outside of the limelight, athletes like Maya Moore, who helped win the freedom of Jonathan Irons in a questionable conviction, have led the charge for social change.

#basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #irons-jonathan-1981, #minnesota-lynx, #missouri, #moore-maya, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

The W.N.B.A. star took time away from basketball to help Irons overturn his conviction.

#basketball, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #minnesota-lynx, #moore-maya-1989, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #st-charles-county-mo, #womens-national-basketball-assn

He Spent 25 Years in Prison for Murder, but Was Innocent All Along

“Everyone in the criminal justice system failed you,” a judge in Queens told Samuel Brownridge as he vacated his conviction because of new evidence.

#brown-richard-a, #district-attorneys, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #katz-melinda-r, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc, #st-albans-queens-ny

Probe of Old Drug Cases Raises Questions About 2004 George Floyd Arrest

Mr. Floyd was arrested in Houston over a $10 drug transaction. Now thousands of cases involving the officer who arrested him and his squad are under review.

#black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #goines-gerald-houston-tex-police-officer, #houston-tex, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Michael Flynn’s Exoneration Was Latest in Life Full of Reversals

For most of his life, Michael Flynn has swung from being “a good soldier” to committing radical disruptions.

#barr-william-p, #defense-intelligence-agency, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #flynn-intel-group, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Unjust Convictions Must Become a Justice Department Priority

This imperative fits in with bipartisan efforts to reform criminal justice.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #criminal-justice, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #johnson-lamar-1974, #justice-department, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #st-louis-county-mo, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Xinjiang Returns to Work, but Coronavirus Worries Linger in China

The Chinese region, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in indoctrination camps, has been an information void. Uighurs fear a lockdown in the region drove many to hunger.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forced-labor, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china