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Illinois Prosecutor Starts Term Off Right by Creating Case Review Panel

Right after being sworn in as the new Lake County State’s Attorney, Mike Nerheim announced he is creating an independent Case Review panel. The panel, which will be appointed by Nerheim, will review criminal cases where there is a question of wrongful … Continue reading

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Oregon Supreme Court Changes Game in Eyewitness Identification

The Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled earlier this month to change the way that eyewitness identification can be used in criminal trials. The ruling shifts the burden of proof to prosecutors. The prosecution must now show that identification evidence is … Continue reading

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Texas State Bar Files Charges Against Former Prosecutor for Conduct in Michael Morton Case

The State Bar of Texas has filed disciplinary charges against Former Texas District Attorney Ken Anderson after the Texas Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into Anderson’s conduct in the Michael Morton case.  Anderson is charged with hiding exculpatory evidence, concealing … Continue reading

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SPECIAL NCIP EVENT: Exonerated Ex-Prisoners to Discuss Prosecutorial Misconduct and Accountability at a Panel Discussion Oct. 11 at Santa Clara University School of Law

What: On Oct. 11, two men who spent a cumulative 35 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit –one coming within days of execution – will be among the featured speakers at the final stop of a nationwide … Continue reading

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Virginia Judge Overturns Conviction of Man Facing Deportation

Maligie Conteh, a 22-year-old Virginia man, was facing deportation back to his homeland of Sierra Leone due to his 2009 robbery conviction. However, the Fairfax County judge who presided over Conteh’s trial reversed himself and overturned the conviction Thursday, saying … Continue reading

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Study Finds New Technique for Reducing Eyewitness Identification Problems

In a new study, published in the Psychological Science journal, Neil Brewer of Flinders University and his team discovered a new type of lineup that produced identifications 20 to 30 percent more accurate than conventional lineups. The new lineup, based … Continue reading

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Chicago’s New Conviction Integrity Unit Frees First Person

Alprentiss Nash, 37, became the first person to have their conviction overturned solely by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office new Conviction Integrity Unit. State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez created the unit in February and after a re-investigation of Nash’s case, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Police Department Resists Changes to Eyewitness Identification Procedures

Studies show that eyewitness identifications can be notoriously unreliable unless conducted using known best practices such as blind administration and sequential presentation. However, the Los Angeles Police Department is still reluctant to enact reforms that have been sweeping the nation … Continue reading

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Prosecutors Dismiss Charges Against Virginia Man

Michael Wayne Hash walked out of the Culpeper County courthouse a free man with his murder conviction and life sentence dismissed. The judge ruled that Hash’s actual innocence claim had merit and his conviction was infected with police and prosecutorial … Continue reading

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