Category Archives: Civil rights

Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic DNA Evidence Secret from Defendants

An ongoing criminal court defense argument about DA refusal to disclose the prosecution-popular TrueAllele DNA software “code” is gaining judicial traction. When the government tries to convict you of a crime, you have a right to challenge its evidence. This … Continue reading

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Forensics: Judges being predominantly ex DAs causes this. Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent

Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent — Read on http://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/still-trying-to-get-illinois-to-admit-hes-innocent/Content

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Forensics: Biden’s Science Adviser Pick Could Advance Justice Reforms – Law360

This article portrays all the many players involved in both promoting and inhibiting evidence-based advances in certain forensic methods. It mentions bitemark evidence and the racial inequities of bad science on POC seeking exonerations. This arguing about junk forensic science … Continue reading

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Forensics: Four Inspiring Female Scientists Tell Us How They Ended Up at the Innocence Project

Best of the best. Plus a cute little Chu(ie). Four Inspiring Female Scientists Tell Us How They Ended Up at the Innocence Project — Read on innocenceproject.org/women-in-stem-forensic-science-psychology/

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Forensics: New Years Cheer: Philly to pay $9.8M to man exonerated who spent 28 years in prison after wrongful conviction for murder

Cops in this case involved in other similar misdeeds. 17 exonerations from the same district since 2017. The settlement is the latest in a string of payouts to exonerees whose wrongful convictions in the 1980s and ’90s have cost the … Continue reading

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Forensics: Corrupt cops. Termaine Joseph Hicks exonerated after 19 years in prison

Joseph Tremaine Hicks, his lawyer said, “is going to be returned to something that he should have had on Nov. 27, 2001, when police encountered him, but he didn’t: the presumption of innocence.” — Read on http://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-wrongful-conviction-exoneration-police-misconduct-tremaine-hicks-20201216.html

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Forensics: Academic and CJ repression in the Deep South. UM Fires History Professor Who Criticizes ‘Powerful, Racist Donors’ and ‘Carceral State’

Clearly, “Ole Miss” managers consider outing the political history of the Crim Justice system by its own faculty is anathema. Their excuses are shallow and dissembling and have a racist “ivory Tower” smell. Its a miracle that the Ole Miss … Continue reading

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Forensics: The legal career of this KS prosecutor’s misconduct is an affront to the justice system

Unfettered lying and ourtroom fabrication getting some long needed attention. The misconduct of Kansas prosecutors like Jacqie Spradling undermines confidence in the justice system. Now, Spradling is finally fighting for her law license. — Read on http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/melinda-henneberger/article247608975.html

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Forensics: The Confrontation Clause: Can the Sixth Amendment Protect Defendants from Junk Science?

A defendant appeals claiming his right to cross-examine a prosecution’s DNA expert was denied at trial. Amazing how simple this sounds in theory. DAs, however, often get around defendants’ Constitutional protections. Then the judge won’t pay for a defense expert … Continue reading

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Forensics: Blanket “qualified immunity” for unreasonable police actions takes a hit.

A glimmer of hope. twitter.com/rmfifthcircuit/status/1329919798873034762

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