Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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New strategy in exoneration litigation: The Nullification of Innocence

Nothing is ever over in exoneration litigation, be it from exonerees’ difficulties in re-entering society, or when some DAs and police, with help from their lawyers, continue to chase after the men and women who have wrongfully endured imprisonment from … Continue reading

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Illinois police dept and experts’ defense theory attempts to thwart legally innocent man’s compensation suit.

Let nothing surprise you when lawyers are involved in opposing  litigation involving wrongful conviction disputes. There is a civil case in Illinois, that has an exonerated man, Bennie Starks, suing the Waukegan police department and their 2 member panel of … Continue reading

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Another Shaken Baby Syndrome Acquittal

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
An Iowa District Judge has dismissed the case against Peter Ranke, who was accused of injuring his 3-week old baby by shaking.  And further, the judge sharply criticized the diagnosing doctor for mishandling the investigation…

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“Worst miscarriages of justice in British law from grossly misleading forensic science” – Scotland

“Some of the worst miscarriages of justice in British legal history have come from cases in which the forensic science was later shown to have been grossly misleading.” Media Hype Typical second-hand and incorrect quotation regarding a Science article on … Continue reading

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US Exonerations at a Record High; Cost of one wrongful conviction from 1992 is $4.75 million while others go without

The continuing end game for the people erroneously convicted (usually for homicide) and released after decades in prison continues to be clouded. One man in New York gets $4.75 million.  NYC paid another man $10 million in April, 2014. US exonerations … Continue reading

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More on the CSI myth in forensic science

The case described in the first link is Gerard Richardson, not Henderson. I have written past articles on his conviction aided via a small cadre of bitemark experts. The second link is today’s op-ed from the Huff Post about similar … Continue reading

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New Australian law on “new” forensic evidence releases man after 20rs in prison

Forensic opine by Patholgist at 1995 conviction appears to have been mere theory. Does that sound familiar? Unlike California Supreme Court’s recent pathetic statement that opinions on forensic evidence is “not true or false.” What a dumb legal basis to … Continue reading

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14 year old executed in 1944 gets conviction tossed, Forensics reform, 1st A rights of a police chief takes a hit, and some forensic research

Forensic reform Statistics and the NIST Committee on forensic science. Apparently each working group (OSAC) gets its own stat person.   “This subcommittee will focus on standards and guidelines related to examination of body fluids or tissues for the presence and quantity … Continue reading

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Junk Science takes a hit from the Mississippi Supreme Court : Plus real and fake forensic research

Junk Science takes a hit from MS?? Incredible. Finally. There has been a very long forensic credibility battle in that state with its ex-non-certified pathologist at the epi-center. This battle includes bitemark convictions from his colleague Michael West.  Mississippi Supreme … Continue reading

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