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“Material Indifference: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases” – a major study co-authored by Cookie Ridolfi

“Material Indifference: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases” – a major study co-authored by Cookie Ridolfi Washington, DC (Nov. 17, 2014) – Today, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, The National Association of Criminal Defense … Continue reading

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The Veritas Report on Prosecutorial Conduct

  The Veritas Report on Prosecutorial Conduct The American Bar Association states the prosecutor has a duty different from other advocates- not to simply convict, but to seek justice. While many prosecutors conscientiously do their job with the integrity, there … Continue reading

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Innocent Man Released From Prison After Spending 42 Years For Arson Conviction

Faulty fire science has contributed to another wrongful conviction. Louis Taylor, who spent 42 years in prison wrongfully convicted of setting a hotel fire in 1970 that killed 29 people in Tucson, Arizona, was released last Tuesday. New methods of … Continue reading

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Texas Man to Get Retrial Due to Faulty Fire Science

A Texas court reversed Ed Graf’s murder and arson convictions this week after experts determined that the science used to convict Graf was likely faulty. While the court declined to issue a finding of actual innocence, it did say, “False … Continue reading

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Maryland Legislature Votes to End Death Penalty

Last week the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill to replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. The bill, which passed by an 82-56 margin, now goes to the desk of Governor Martin O’Malley, who … Continue reading

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D.C. Changes Eyewitness Identification and Informant Policies

Courts and police in the District of Columbia will be changing their policies on eyewitness identification and informants after several wrongful convictions. The changes come at the recommendation of a task force created by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee … Continue reading

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Texas Judge Faces Rare Court of Inquiry for Involvement in Wrongful Conviction

Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson took the stand in his own defense Friday capping a week-long hearing into whether Anderson should face criminal charges for failing to disclose evidence that exonerated Michael Morton of his wife’s murder. Morton spent … Continue reading

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10 Advances in Reducing Wrongful Convictions in 2012

Author and contributing editor to the Wrongful Convictions Blog Nancy Petro wrote a great article on the progress toward improving our criminal justice system made in 2012. She highlighted ten notable advances: Twenty-two exonerations were won in 2012 according to … Continue reading

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Despite nine exonerations, Orange County eyewitness identification policies remain unchanged

On November 30, 2012, Alfonso Gomez became Orange County’s ninth exoneration based on eyewitness misidentification, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. During Gomez’s trial, deputy district attorney Howard Gundy told the jury that the two witnesses who identified Gomez … Continue reading

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Kentucky Lawmaker Hoping to Expand Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Rep. Johnnie Bell (D-Glasgow) is again proposing his bill to expand post-conviction DNA testing hoping that the legislation will finally make it through the legislative process in the 2013 session. Bell has proposed similar bills three times, one of which … Continue reading

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