Jul 09

Derrick Redd Awarded New Trial Based On Pervasive Prosecutor Misconduct

Derrick W. Redd

Derrick W. Redd was awarded a new trial on July 6, 2016 by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court based on pervasive prosecutor misconduct during his trial. Derrick Redd was convicted of second-degree murder in 2012, and the appeals court identified at least six different types of prejudicial prosecutor misconduct during his …

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Jul 09

6,515 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 6,515 cases: 4,043 from the U.S., and 2,472 from 115 other countries. The database includes 3,159 U.S. cases from 2016 to 1989, when the first DNA exoneration occurred. The Innocents Database is the world’s largest database of exonerated persons, and it includes all identifiable exonerations in the United States, as …

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Jun 26

New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Expert Testimony By Skype Violates Right To Confront Witness

District Judge Samuel L. Winder (Albuquerque Journal)

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the remote two-way video testimony of an expert by Skype violated the federal constitutional right of a defendant to confront that expert in court. The body of 28-year-old Guadalupe Ashford was found on June 3, 2010 near at the edge of an abandoned apartment complex’s parking lot in …

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Jun 21

Michigan’s Pending Compensation Law Is Anti-Exoneree Political Window Dressing

Michigan’s Pending Compensation Law Is Anti-Exoneree Political Window Dressing Justice Denied Editorial June 21, 2016 The Michigan State Senate has passed 37 to 0 a bill that provides as little money as possible to a select group of exonerated persons — while leaving the majority of exonerated persons out to dry with nothing.[n.1] Senate Bill …

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Jun 16

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Prosecutor Cannot Later Be Judge In Case

Terrance Williams (PA DOC)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 9, 2016 that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause requires the recusal of a judge who was previously involved in the prosecution of a case. Terrance Williams was 18 in 1984 when he was charged along with Marc C. Draper in the beating death of Amos Norwood in …

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Jun 08

$369 Million Compensation Awarded In 2014 And 2015 To Wrongly Convicted In U.S.

$369 Million Compensation Awarded In 2014 And 2015 To Wrongly Convicted In U.S. By Hans Sherrer June 8, 2016 More than $369 million was awarded in 2014 and 2015 to people who were wrongly convicted and imprisoned in the United States. In 2014 $236,202,782 was awarded to 38 people who were imprisoned for 452 years. …

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Jun 01

Man Exonerated Of Non-existent Sexual Assault Can Sue Lawyer For Legal Malpractice

Jorge F. Coombs (ylslegal.com)

U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle is allowing a legal malpractice lawsuit to go to trial that was filed by Carlos Efrain Lopez-Siguenza against the lawyer who represented him at the time he was convicted in 2004 of a sexual assault that didn’t happen. Carlos Lopez-Siguenza was an El Salvadorian national living as a Legal Permanent …

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May 26

Muslim’s Conviction For Threatening To Behead British Political Candidate Tossed By Appeals Court

David Robinson-Young (Chronicle (Newcastle, England))

A British appeals court has overturned Aftab Ahmed’s conviction of threatening to murder a political candidate. The appeals court ruled there wasn’t enough evidence Ahmed intended to carry through with his threat to behead the man. In April 2015 Ahmed was 44 and living near Newcastle, England, which is about 250 miles north of London. …

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May 25

2015 Innocents Database Exoneration Report Now Available!

U.S. map with bubbles to relatively represent the total number of known exonerations for each state through 2015.

The 2015 Innocents Database Exoneration Report is now available online! The Report is a PDF document. Click here to read the 2015 Innocents Database Exoneration Report online, or to download it. The following is from the Report’s Introduction: This is the first yearly report of information recorded in the Innocents Database through the last calendar …

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May 17

99.8% Conviction Rate In U.S. Federal Courts Can Make Japanese Prosecutors Jealous

Federal Court House with ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’ inscribed above entrance.

By Hans Sherrer The presumption of innocence is often touted in the United States as the fundamental principle shielding an accused person from being unjustly convicted of a crime. The basis of that claim is that to overcome the presumption of innocence the government is required to present substantial evidence that proves beyond a reasonable …

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