February 2014 archive

Feb 27

“Judges think of the judiciary as something that belongs to them” — Attorney Alan Lud

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo protesting in Buenos Aires (www.abuelas.org.ar)

From 1976 to 1983 Argentina’s anti-communist military dictatorship engaged in what is known as the “Dirty War.” Between 30,000 and 45,000 men and women who expressed opposition to the dictatorship were disappeared — kidnapped in the middle of the night — never to be publicly seen again. In some cases entire families were kidnapped. The …

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Feb 24

Utah Supreme Court Acquits Barton Bagnes For Showing His Sesame Street Diaper To Two Girls

Seann Odoms (middle) wearing his diaper in public, with his arms around two girls he met on Kings Road in London (Seann Odoms Facebook page)

Barton Jason Bagnes has been acquitted by the Utah Supreme Court of charges related to showing the Sesame Street diaper he was wearing to two girls in White City, Utah. Bagnes had been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Under the Court’s ruling Bagnes’ activity was unusual but it wasn’t criminal. White City is about …

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Feb 20

Leila M. Dekker Found Guilty Of Improper Medical Conduct After Her Acquittal In Two Criminal Prosecutions

Prosecution Exhibit 1 (2005 trial) showing the location of where Dekker’s vehicle was at the intersection when Marshall Bobby’s vehicle was out of control.

After being acquitted in two separate criminal prosecutions, Dr. Leila Maria Dekker has been found guilty by the Western Australia State Administrative Tribunal of improper conduct for failing to stop and render medical assistance to a woman who died at the scene of a traffic accident in April 2002. Dr. Leila Dekker graduated with a …

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Feb 18

England Seeks To Restrict Who Is Eligible For Wrongful Conviction Compensation

John McDonnell (Longtime chair of the campaign to free the Guildford Four)

England’s Home Secretary Theresa May is <a href=”http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/uk-law-renewed-bid-to-make-it-difficult-for-those-wrongfully-convicted-to-claim-compensation-1.1677062”>backing a change</a> to the legal standard a person must meet before qualifying for compensation after their conviction has been overturned and the charges dismissed. Currently a person whose conviction has been overturned can qualify for compensation from the British government if they can prove “beyond reasonable doubt …

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Feb 12

Virginia Prosecutors Contempt Of Court Conviction Overturned

Norfolk, Virginia General District Court building

The contempt of court conviction of prosecutor Catherine Marie Paxson by a Norfolk, Virginia General District Court judge has been overturned on appeal. Catherine Paxson is a 2010 graduate of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She works as a Norfolk Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. On January 7, 2014 Paxson was an hour …

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Feb 11

Innocents Database Now Lists More Than 4,400 Cases

The Innocents Database linked to from Justice Denied’s website is the world largest database of wrongly convicted people. It now lists 4,401 cases. All the cases are supported by sources for research. Those sources include court decisions, newspaper and magazine articles, and books. The Innocents Database includes: 582 innocent people sentenced to death. 787 innocent …

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Feb 05

Oregon Court Of Appeals Acquits Teen Of Negligent Homicide In Traffic Death

Dennis Wylie (Drivingfatigue.com)

Sierra Nicole Rigel has been acquitted of negligent homicide and third-degree assault by the Oregon Court of Appeals. Rigel’s convictions were related to a traffic accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in 2010. In the fall of 2010 Rigel was 17 and a senior with a 4.0 GPA at Brookings-Harbor High School …

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