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Jan 14

John Kennedy O’Hara’s Voting Fraud Convictions Overturned After 18 Year Fight

John Kennedy O’Hara in courtroom when his conviction was overturned on January 12, 2017 (Jesse Ward, NY Daily News)

On January 12, 2017 John Kennedy O’Hara’s 1999 voting fraud related convictions were overturned in Kings County, New York. John O’Hara was an attorney in Brooklyn who in the early-to-mid-1990s was an active political opponent of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. In the 1990s O’Hara ran five times against Hynes allies — twice for …

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Dec 07

Jessica Silva Acquitted Of Manslaughter By Appeals Court In Stabbing Death Of Ex-Boyfriend

Jessica Silva on June 27, 2016 after a hearing in the NSW Court of Appeals. (AAP)

Jessica Silva has successfully appealed her manslaughter conviction for stabbing her abusive former boyfriend to death on Mother’s Day 2012. The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal acquitted Silva on December 7, 2016. Silva was 22 when in March 2012 she broke up with James Polkinghorne after about a four year relationship. They had …

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Nov 01

Rastafarian Parents Acquitted Of Failing To Send Homeschooled Children To Public School

Charles Ijui Jah Lashley (right rear), Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman (left rear), with their daughter (left front) and son (right front), outside the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after the acquittal of Lashley and Jackman on Oct. 31, 2016 (St. Lucia Times)

On October 29, 2016, Charles Ijui Jah Lashley and Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman’s convictions of failing to send their two homeschooled children to public school were overturned in Barbados. Lashley and Jackman are Rastafarians, and they had been found guilty in September 2016. Homeschooling is lawful in Barbados if a parent is granted an exemption …

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Sep 02

Charles K. Zisa’s Retrial Barred By Pervasive Prosecutor Misconduct

Charles “Ken” Zisa during his during plea hearing in Dec. 2010 (The Record - Bergen County, NJ)

On August 23, 2016 former Hackensack, New Jersey Police Chief Charles Kenneth Zisa’s indictment for official misconduct was dismissed, based on pervasive prosecutor misconduct during his trial in 2012. The ruling bars Zisa’s retrial after his conviction was overturned in July 2015. In 2010 Charles Zisa, aka Ken Zisa, had been a member of the …

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Aug 12

Federal Circuit Court Rules Judge Doesn’t Have Power To Expunge Valid Conviction

U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson

A U.S. District Court judge doesn’t have the authority to expunge a person’s legally valid conviction. That was the ruling of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on August 11, 2016. The person involved in the case was identified as “Jane Doe” in the court’s decision. In 1997 Jane Doe joined an automobile insurance …

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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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Mar 23

Australian Appeals Court Acquits Uncle Of Incest For Sex With Adult Niece

Queensland Court of Appeal in judicial building, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2012, Wikipedia.org)

The Queensland Court of Appeals has acquitted an uncle of his 2008 incest convictions for having sex with his 17-year-old niece. On July 24, 2008 an uncle in Queensland, Australia pled guilty to three counts of incest with his 17-year-old niece. She was considered an adult of legal age to consent to sexual relations and …

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Mar 13

Taquala Monique Howse Acquitted By Iowa Appeals Court Of Her Stun Gun Being Dangerous Weapon

Lipstick tube stun gun sold by Walmart.

The Iowa Court of Appeals acquitted Taquala Monique Howse on March 11, 2015 of carrying a dangerous weapon for having a small stun gun in her purse. On June 23, 2013 Waterloo, Iowa Police Officer Kyle Jurgensen responded to a call that a suspected shoplifter had been detained at the local Walmart store. The detained …

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Dec 23

Love Trumps Law As Italy’s Supreme Court Annuls Sexual Abuse Conviction

Court of Appeals building in Catanzaro, Italy.

Italy’s Supreme Court has annulled the sexual abuse conviction of a 60-year-old man found in bed with an 11-year-old girl on the ground they had a “romantic relationship.” The man was identified by his initials P.L. The girl’s family was poor and lived in the southern Italian town of Catanzaro. P.L. worked with the Social …

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Jun 12

Mother Acquitted By Appeals Court Of Wilful Child Neglect Conviction

New Zealand’s Court of Appeal building in Wellington, New Zealand

A mother has been acquitted by New Zealand’s Court of Appeal of her wilful neglect conviction for smoking methamphetamine when her son was in their house. During a police investigation of the mother’s methamphetamine use a detective obtained a hair sample from her 3-year-old son. The hair tested positive for the presence of a trace …

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