Tag Archives: Claim of Innocence
“Jury Myths” is an op-ed by a defense attorney on popular definition misconceptions regarding legal procedural and factual differences; he compares ‘innocence’ versus ‘not guilty’ versus ‘guilty’ outcomes at criminal trials. It boils down to ‘actual innocence’ being a product of … Continue reading
Post Conviction Integrity Units have been created within US prosecutors’ offices for a number of years. Google search shows 217,000 links to this subject. Criticism of the composition of a DA’s newly funded PSIU in Nevada reveals concerns about CRINO (conviction … Continue reading
The following acceptance guidelines are illuminating as to the factors that enter into an inmate being accepted as a client. It is a daunting list. Preeminent are 1) the inmate must have a history of claiming innocence throughout his/her criminal history, 2) … Continue reading
New efforts to ID Pearl Harbor victims, the “excitement of delirium” and other Forensic Notes, some strange others tragic.
After a 1947 internment from the battleship Oklahoma, skeletal remains experience new ID attempts. North Carolina has two newly compensated exonerees. 30 years in prison while innocent of murder. Once again, false confessions prove to be largely coerced from vulnerable … Continue reading
“No preset rules in DNA Forensics”: examples of errors and doubts in DNA casework that juries must tackle.
This does not read like CSI Miami. Wait, that one got cancelled. Thank you Jesus. “A 2013 survey by the National Institute of Standards and Technology asked analysts from 108 labs to look at a three-person mixture and determine if … Continue reading
Donate to the Innocent Project California Innocence Project: Mississippi IP New York IP ======================================= “There is no question there are wrongful convictions all over the world. There’s no country that is free from wrongful convictions and no country that would … Continue reading
Today Gerald Richardson talks about his six months of freedom after a bitemark aided conviction. DNA exonerated him. How DNA Profiling Works – The Naked Scientist – [don’t worry its PG rated] PCR-DNA testing: Animated for educational ease. This next one is from … Continue reading
SF Police Chief Loses a $2M grant for rape kits. His Crime lab is “maxed out.” Plus Murder around the world.
S.F. Police Chief Greg Suhr during a news conference speaks about an audit of the crime lab’s DNA unit, which has come under fire for faking results, as well as other police misconduct, at the Hall of Justice, Friday, April … Continue reading
In continuing the theme of the US judicial system “healing itself,” this 19 page summary report (published in 2010 by the NorCal Innocence Project; funded by the Veritas Initiative ) on the 1997 to 2009 history of California’s feeble (actually … Continue reading
Old Convictions, New Science Texas tackles debunked forensics. This legislative process in Texas reflects how the monolithic (i.e huge) US criminal justice system “repairs” itself. I use the word “repair” very loosely in that people have to be injured, killed … Continue reading