July 1st, 2013
When a San Jose man charged with murdering a Monte Sereno millionaire was suddenly freed last month, prosecutors acknowledged he had an airtight alibi–he was drunk and unconscious at a hospital when the victim was killed in his mansion miles away. Read more..
June 13th, 2013
WASHINGTON – More than four out of five police agencies in the U.S. have no written policies for handling eyewitness identifications despite long-standing federal guidelines, according to a report obtained by USA TODAY. Read more..
May 12th, 2013
The Brooklyn district attorney is reviewing 50 murder cases assigned to an acclaimed homicide detective amid mounting questions about the officer?s tactics and the legitimacy of the convictions, the New York Times reports. Read more..
April 30th, 2013
Seth Penalver was acquitted last year, 12 years after being sentenced to death in a triple murder case If he could talk to Gov. Rick Scott, Seth Penalver would have one simple question. Read more..
April 4th, 2013
The number of cases in which police and prosecutors helped exonerate innocent defendants dramatically increased in 2012, according to a report released today by the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE)… Read more…
March 13th, 2013
Former Miramar police officers, William Mantesta, George Pierson and Bill Guess are being sued in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. Attorneys for Anthony Caravella say they coerced the 15-year-old, who had an IQ of 67, into falsely confessing to a rape and murder in 1983. He spent nearly 26 years in prison before DNA testing [...]
March 12th, 2013
A Chicago Tribune investigation found that Chicago police have long ignored voluntary standards for conducting polygraph exams, even as those methods and the examiners themselves have factored into cases costing the city millions of dollars in damages. At least five defendants – four of whom were charged with murder – have been cleared since 2002. [...]
March 12th, 2013
There are ten factors that help explain why an innocent defendant may end up erroneously convicted rather than released, according to a new study from researchers at American University. Read more..
December 24th, 2012
If you haven’t caught it yet, I highly suggest taking the time to see the new film from Ken Burns documenting the wrongful convictions of five black and Latino teenagers who were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a ”wolfpack.” The [...]
December 19th, 2012
Kristine Bunch of Indiana was granted a new trial after 16 years in prison for the murder of her 3-year-old son and will not be tried again ? at least not for now, the Indianapolis Star reports. Read more..