Category Archives: costs of wrongful convictions

Forensics: Wrongful Conviction – Podcasts

Read about the dark side of wrongful convictions. Multiple podcasts. Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit … Continue reading

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Forensics: DA misconduct. Kansas’ Terra Morehead no longer prosecuting criminal cases

A primer on an unbridled malicious prosecutor. She still has a job in the DAs office. Kansas prosecutor Terra Morehead wrongfully put Lamonte McIntyre in prison for 23 years for murder. She’s no longer be handling criminal cases. That’s a … Continue reading

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Forensics: Hypnotic Texas Rangers stop using hypnosis after investigation reveals dubious science. 1700 cases.

Local cops still do this. Courts still accept this as evidence. AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety has ended the controversial practice of using hypnosis to investigate crimes. A department spokesman said… — Read on http://www.dallasnews.com/news/investigations/2021/03/11/texas-rangers-stop-using-hypnosis-after-dallas-morning-news-investigation-reveals-dubious-science/

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Forensics: This DA integrity unit works! How a judge decided lies and reward money led a jury to wrongfully convict a Dallas man in a deadly robbery

Back in ’87 it was “no evidence, no DNA, no fingerprints, NO PROBLEM!” A Dallas man’s conviction in a 1987 deadly robbery should be overturned because prosecutors withheld evidence and the star witness lied about how many… — Read on … Continue reading

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Forenscis: DA bad. NYC judge slams prosecutor’s office behind the wrongful homicide convictions of three men

82% of exons involve DA evidence misconduct. Nat’l Registration of Exonerations. NYC judge slams prosecutor’s office behind the wrongful homicide convictions of three men – CNNPolitics — Read on amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/03/05/politics/queens-ny-wrongful-convictions/index.html

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Forensics: lnnocence Project sleuths question Syracuse man’s murder conviction after 30 years in prison – syracuse.com

Innocence Project sleuths question Syracuse man’s murder conviction after 30 years in prison – syracuse.com — Read on http://www.syracuse.com/crime/2021/03/innocence-project-sleuths-question-syracuse-mans-murder-conviction-after-30-years-in-prison.html

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Forensics: From a middle school student. Letter to the editor: Forensic hair analysis an unreliable tool in court

Dear potential jurors, Did you know that in more than 2,000 murder cases across the United States from 1985-2000 used faulty forensic hair analysis? In 27 of those cases the suspect was executed. — Read on addisonindependent.com/opeds/letter-editor-forensic-hair-analysis-unreliable-tool-court

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Forensics: DAs fail to pursue their promises about Bad science sending innocent men to prison. N.C. DOJ wouldn’t review other cases where it was used.

Elected officials are the worst in admitting past mistakes regarding forensic science. I have met one or two. The N.C. Department of Justice has stonewalled efforts to review decades of files where the state crime lab used bad science to … Continue reading

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Forensics: Op-Ed: Criminal Confessions, Forensic Bias

Dr. Melinek knows her stuff. Cops influence suspects and then move onto the forensic pathologists with false confessions. She mentions a recent joint paper on racial bias in forensic decision-making that adds proof to the presence of bias and resistance … Continue reading

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Forensics: False positives revealed. Fingerprint database error rates seen in close non‐matches – Koehler – 2021 – Journal of Forensic Sciences @The_AAFS

Too bad this is pay-for-view. Abstract only. Jay Koehler has a remarkable ability to record the weak underbelly of forensic claims of reliability. Fingerprinters clearly used the self-assurances of being error-free. Just like the bitemarkers of AAFS/ABFO. At least the … Continue reading

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