America’s Death Penalty Sentences Are Slowly Grinding to a Halt

The numbers of executions and death sentences are falling.

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Autopsies Have a History of Costly Mistakes, Yet Change Is Slow

Disastrous errors by medical examiners have raised questions about whether they are influenced by prejudgments and a close relationship with the police.

#autopsies, #discrimination, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #infant-mortality, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Shawn Williams, Falsely Accused of a Murder in Brooklyn, Wins $10.5 Million

Shawn Williams, falsely accused of a 1993 murder in Brooklyn, won the largest settlement so far thanks to the alleged misconduct of a once-renowned homicide detective.

#brooklyn-nyc, #chmil-stephen-w, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #scarcella-louis, #williams-shawn-july-9-1993-murder

Michigan Brothers 1995 Murder Conviction Is Overturned

Prosecutors said that Melvin and George DeJesus were falsely accused of killing a woman in 1995 in what the Michigan attorney general called “a total miscarriage of justice.”

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This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?

The database used by the New York Police Department violates state law and the Constitution, the Legal Aid Society contends in a lawsuit.

#city-council-nyc, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Court Declares Isaiah Andrews Wrongfully Imprisoned for 45 Years

The official declaration this week means that Isaiah Andrews, 84, can seek damages from the State of Ohio for spending more than half his life in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his wife.

#cleveland-ohio, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ohio, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prisons-and-prisoners, #witnesses

‘Serial’ Case: Prosecutors Agree to DNA Testing Sought by Adnan Syed

Adnan Syed, who is serving life in prison in Maryland for the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee, still insists on his innocence and is seeking a sentence reduction.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #lee-hae-min-1980-99, #mosby-marilyn-j-1980, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #podcasts, #serial-radio-program, #syed-adnan

William Kuenzel, Who Claimed Innocence From Death Row, Dies at 60

When evidence emerged that might have exonerated him, his case drew the support of prominent legal figures, but the Supreme Court twice declined to review it.

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How a Death-Row Inmate’s Embrace of Conservatism Led to His Release

In “Scoundrel,” Sarah Weinman examines the right-wing support network that helped free Edgar Smith from prison until he struck again.

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Pennsylvania Police Are Sued After Murder Cases Collapse

Robert Thomas and Cheron Selton were charged in Allegheny County for killing five people. After four years of pretrial detention, one had charges dismissed and the other was acquitted at trial.

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Cyprus Overturns Conviction of Woman Who Accused Israelis of Rape

More than two years after a British woman was convicted of fabricating claims, Cyprus’s top court reversed the decision and said that she had not received a fair trial.

#cyprus, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #great-britain, #israel, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Michelle Lodzinski’s Murder Conviction Dismissed in ’91 Death of Son

Evidence didn’t support Michelle Lodzinski’s 2016 conviction for killing Timothy Wiltsey, who vanished in 1991, New Jersey’s highest court ruled.

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How Your DNA Test Could Send a Relative to Jail

Thanks to “genetic genealogy,” solving crimes with genomic databases is becoming mainstream — with some uncomfortable implications for the future of privacy.

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Anthony Broadwater Was Convicted of Raping Alice Sebold. Then the Case Unraveled.

Anthony Broadwater was exonerated in the 1981 rape of Ms. Sebold, now a best-selling author. When his lawyers saw the trial transcript, they could only wonder what took so long.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #broadwater-anthony-j, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #lucky-book, #sebold-alice, #sex-crimes, #syracuse-ny, #syracuse-university

Man Exonerated in Malcolm X Murder Files Lawsuit Against New York State

Muhammad A. Aziz filed the claim on Tuesday, along with a notice seeking a settlement with the city, for the toll that being “unjustly branded as a convicted murderer” for 55 years took on his life.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #aziz-muhammad-a, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #islam-khalil, #malcolm-x, #nation-of-islam, #new-york-city, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

A Glimmer of Justice in Death Penalty States

The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #intellectual-disabilities, #oklahoma, #tennessee

In Shinn v. Ramirez, the Supreme Court Should Reject Arizona’s Gambit

Two Arizona men who were appointed ineffective lawyers landed on death row. If Arizona has its way, the Supreme Court will close an already narrow avenue for relief. 

#arizona, #burgess-timothy-m, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #supreme-court-us

Woman Who Sued Walmart Over Shoplifting Arrest Is Awarded $2.1 Million

Lesleigh Nurse said she was wrongfully accused of stealing groceries from the Walmart in Semmes, Ala., in 2016. The retailer said it would appeal the verdict.

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Alice Sebold Apologizes to Man Wrongly Convicted of Raping Her

Anthony Broadwater spent 16 years in prison after the author identified him as her attacker in an assault she described in her memoir “Lucky.”

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More Than $1 Million Raised to Help Kevin Strickland

More than 20,000 strangers have donated to an online fund-raiser to help Kevin Strickland’s re-entry to society.

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‘Justice Was Served’: Guilty Verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery Case

Readers express relief. One calls it the “only rational and equitable verdict.” Also: A Covid Thanksgiving, and one in prison; children and grief.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #grief-emotion, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #thanksgiving-day

Missouri Man Is Exonerated in 3 Killings After 43 Years in Prison

A judge set Kevin Strickland, 62, free on Tuesday, noting that there was no physical evidence tying him to the crimes and that the main witness against him had tried to recant her testimony.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #kansas-city-mo, #missouri, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-registry-of-exonerations

Man Is Exonerated in Rape Case Described in Alice Sebold’s Memoir

Anthony J. Broadwater was convicted of the 1981 attack in Syracuse, N.Y., in a case the district attorney and a state judge agreed was flawed.

#broadwater-anthony-j, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #onondaga-county-ny, #sebold-alice, #sex-crimes, #syracuse-ny, #the-lovely-bones-book

Lawyers Clash Over Whether Pursuit of Arbery Was Justified

In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors also raised a racial motive for why the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began chasing him.

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Groveland Four Are Exonerated More Than 70 Years Later

The men, known as the Groveland Four, were cleared on Monday after a Florida prosecutor said “a complete breakdown of the criminal justice system” led to the charges in 1949.

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A Socialite, a Gardener, a Message in Blood: The Murder That Still Grips France

The victim was a socialite. A message in her blood accused the gardener. But a grammatical error raised questions of class and language — and whether he was being framed.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #france, #french-language, #marchal-ghislaine-d-1991, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #raddad-omar, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Exoneration Is ‘Bittersweet’ for Men Cleared in Malcolm X’s Murder

An emotional crowd burst into applause in a packed Manhattan courtroom Thursday after the judge threw out the convictions of Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam.

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Man Pardoned After Spending 24 Years in Prison for Murder

The pardon came after a North Carolina judge vacated the conviction of Montoyae Dontae Sharpe in 2019, ruling that a key witness had “entirely made up” her testimony.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #barber-william-j-ii, #charlene-johnson, #cooper-roy-a, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #george-radcliffe, #montoyae-dontae-sharpe, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina

John Artis, Convicted With Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Dies at 75

He was the “forgotten man” in the triple murder case that was eventually overturned and that exposed flaws in the criminal justice system.

#artis-john, #carter-rubin, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey

60 Cases Are Thrown Out in Queens After Misconduct by 3 NYPD Detectives

The testimony of three New York Police Department detectives in dozens of cases in Queens was called into question after they were convicted of crimes or misconduct.

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He Escaped Prison in 2015. Did He Kill a Young Mother Decades Before?

A bid to exonerate two men in a Buffalo-area murder centers on the possible role in the crime of Richard Matt, a notorious New York killer.

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Is It So Wrong to Love True Crime?

The genre is a guilty pleasure for many. But just how guilty should we feel?

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Amanda Knox Was Exonerated. That Doesn’t Mean She’s Free.

Ten years after being cleared of a heinous crime, she is still trying to tell her story on her own terms.

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Writing About a Past Injustice Helped Her See What Has and Hasn’t Changed

Nadifa Mohamed is a Booker Prize finalist for her novel “The Fortune Men,” a story about a false accusation and the tragedy that resulted.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #england, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #immigration-and-emigration, #man-booker-prize, #mohamed-nadifa, #somalia, #the-fortune-men-book, #writing-and-writers

John Grisham on Judges, Innocence and the Judgments He Ignores

The best-selling author, whose new book, “The Judge’s List,” is about a murderous member of the bench, talks about the Supreme Court, wrongful convictions and what it means to be “review-proof.”

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Texas Board Recommends Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd

The 2004 conviction, which was brought by a former Houston narcotics officer now at the center of a policing scandal, will be set aside, if the governor approves.

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Freed From Guantánamo, but Still in Limbo 15 Years Later

Abu Bakker Qassim, a Uyghur from China, was dumped in Albania after the U.S. concluded he was not a terrorist, as Chinese authorities had maintained. The only country that wants him is China.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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