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Other Blogs about Wrongful Convictions

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Overhaul of Eye Witness Identification Procedures in the Courts

The New York Times article, New Jersey Ruling on Witnesses May Prod New York to Change, begins by taking a look at the first state to question accepted practices involving eye witness identification. It cites decades of research about the unreliability of memory and its vulnerability to manipulation, whether intentional or not. Of particular mention is the significant role misidentification played in over 70% of the first 250 DNA exonerations. As the title says, it notes the likelihood that New York will follow suit and re-evaluate their practices. The first sample tweet below is about Connecticut doing the same. We hope and expect more to come.bbranhamportrait1

Why now? Mainly due to the tireless efforts of the Innocence Project and the Innocence Network. Resistance has been monumental, but the inability of the established system to scrutinize itself and make adjustments has been evident to everyone else. We need to capitalize on the prevailing winds and urge our legislatures to enact substantial and truly revolutionary reforms.

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When Politics Trumps Justice

LorindaNo rational person, hearing from all parties involved, can conclude anything but that Lorinda Swain was knowingly wrongfully accused by her son and then wrongfully convicted by the court. Now that her son and his brother have recanted and other witnesses have come forth, the motivation behind the county prosecutor's actions is downright pathological. Apparently, it is just too much for her office to admit that a mistake had been made by one of her predecessors. When Judge Sindt ruled for a retrial, if the prosecutor is so convinced that Lorinda is guilty, then why doesn't she retry her? The obvious reason is that she has no case. She has no credible witnesses willing to testify against Lorinda. So, instead, she takes the cowardly way out and appeals the judge's decision. And one has to wonder about what is in the mind of an appeals court, which chooses to overturn the original trial judge's ruling for a retrial. On what basis does an appeals court think they know better than the original trial judge?

Carl Marlinga drove home the point that a prosecutor's calling is not to win cases, but to seek justice. It is sad how so many prosecutors operate on other principles. No, I don't think they are all bad; many are very good. But when they are bad, they are so bad! because they have the power to ruin people's lives, something they care little about.

A Perfect False Confession

David Ashenfelter recently wrote a piece on the Mark Craighead case. Three volunteers from PI have been working on the case which is spearheaded by the Michigan Innocence Clinic.


Most of the people commenting on the story could see right through it and didn't question Craighead's innocence. But of those who did, the thing that gave them the most difficulty was the fact that Craighead "confessed". They find it literally unbelievable that an innocent person would sign a false confession.

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