Oct 28

An Exoneration Can Be Judicial Or By Executive Or Legislative Clemency

An Exoneration Can Be Judicial Or By Executive Or Legislative Clemency  By Hans Sherrer*;October 28, 2014What is an exoneration?Exoneration is derived from the Latin word exoneratio, which means “an unloading, lightening.”[1] The first known use of exoneration in English was in 1640, and in 1660 it was expressly used to describe relief from a government …

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Oct 17

Appeals Court Acquits Man Of Rape Who Experiences Sexsomnia

Sleepsex:Uncovered, by Michael Mangan Ph.D. (Xlibris, 2001) (book cover)

Mikael Halvarsson has been acquitted of raping a woman who was sleeping in his bed by a Swedish Appeals Court. On the morning of April 2, 2014 a woman called the police in Sundsvall, Sweden and reported that she had been raped. Sundsvall is a city of 51,000 about 235 miles north of Stockholm. She …

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Sep 17

Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown Exonerated By New Evidence After 31 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Leon Brown after his exoneration on September 2, 2014 (Jenny Warburg)

After 31 years of wrongful imprisonment half-brothers Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown were released based on new evidence they are innocent of the rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs, North Carolina in September 1983. The new evidence was the DNA profile identified from a cigarette butt found near Ms. Buie’s …

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Sep 08

Kirstin Blaise Lobato Oral Arguments Broadcast Live On Nevada Supreme Court’s Website

Kirstin Blaise Lobato before her trial began in September 2006

On September 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. all seven justices of the Nevada Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s habeas corpus petition that asserts she is actually and factually innocent of her 2006 convictions of charges related to Duran Bailey’s homicide in Las Vegas on July 8, 2001. Live video of …

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Jul 29

Tang Nguyen Acquitted By Appeals Court Of Conviction For Avoiding $129.73 In Federal Taxes On “Contraband” Vietnamese Cigarettes

“Sleigh” brand Vietnamese cigarette package

A federal appeals court has acquitted 62-year-old Tang Nguyen of her 2012 conviction of knowingly receiving cigarettes mailed from Vietnam to Nebraska that were considered contraband because $129.73 in federal cigarette taxes had not been paid on them. Tang Nguyen, who is also known by her nickname Janny, is a Vietnamese immigrant living in Lincoln, …

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Jun 27

Worldwide Women’s Criminal Justice Network’s July 2014 Newsletter Available

Worldwide Women's Criminal Justice Network - Issue 3

The Worldwide Women’s Criminal Justice Network founded by Michael Fox based in Japan is one of the leading advocates for innocent women imprisoned in countries around the world. The current newsletter of the WWCJN is available online at www.wcjn.org/Newsletter.html. The issue includes articles about:   *  Lisa Marie Roberts exonerated after more than 12 years …

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May 31

Judge Constance Briscoe Sentenced To 16 Months Imprisonment For Lying During Police Investigation

Judge Constance Briscoe (The Telegraph)

Judge Constance Briscoe has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after her convictions of lying to the police and falsifying documents during a police investigation — becoming the first British judge in several decades to be imprisoned for her criminal activity. The convictions of Judge Briscoe, 56, were the result of her lying to …

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May 15

Delaware Public Defender’s Office Files Motions To Overturn Hundreds Of Tainted Drug Convictions

Delaware Chief Medical Examiner Richard T. Callery

On February 20, 2014 the Delaware State Police shut down the Controlled Substances Lab inside the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office after it was discovered the lab had lax security, and drug evidence for criminal cases was missing and in some cases replaced with fake evidence. Within days the Delaware’s Attorney General requested that all drug …

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May 14

Kirstin Blaise Lobato And Jeffrey Deskovic Featured In Debut Episode Of Al Jazeera America Cable Series

Jeffrey Deskovic after his release (Seth Harrison, The Journal News)

The cases of Kirstin Blaise Lobato and Jeffrey Deskovic are featured in the first episode of an eight-part documentary series about the state of the legal system in the United States. The series — “The System, with Joe Berlinger” — will premiere on Sunday, May 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Pacific time, on the …

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May 01

Innocents Database Webpage Now Includes Detailed Statistical Information

The Innocents Database linked to from Justice Denied’s website is the world largest database of persons exonerated of their convicted crime. The database’s webpage was updated on May 1 to include detailed statistical information about the 4,622 cases currently in the database online that include 2,766 U.S. cases, and 1,856 cases from 110 other countries. …

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