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Category Archives: Reform Measures

Florida’s Innocence Commission Releases Final Report

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Florida’s Innocence Commission has concluded two years of work by releasing a final report of recommendations to eliminate or drastically reduce wrongful convictions in the state. The Commission was founded […]

New Bill in Florida Proposes Double-Blind Lineups

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In what is a terrific step forward in reducing wrongful convictions resulting from eyewitness misidentification, the Florida State Senate unanimously passed a bill submitted by Sen. Joe Negron that requires […]

NJ Supreme Court Explores the Reliability of Witness Identification

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Larry Henderson claims that Camden, NJ police influenced a witness’ identification of him as an accomplice in the shooting of Rodney Harper, for which Henderson was convicted in 2004. Now, […]

Texas Senate Passes Bill Codifying Lineup Procedures

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The Texas Senate passed a bill that would require police to adopt written policies when conducting live and photo identification lineups. This is a big step in helping to reduce […]

Update: Prosecution Appeals a Special Jury Instruction Regarding Eyewitness Identification

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about a Florida armed-robbery trial that was set to include special jury instruction regarding eyewitness identification. Now, prosecutors wish to block a measure that […]

Death Row Inmate To be Retried Within 120 Days or Released

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For 26 years, James Lambert has been on death row proclaiming his innocence of a 1982 murder. Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that if the Commonwealth does […]

Prosecutorial Misconduct Unlikely to Result in Termination

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An article in USA TODAY examined hundreds of cases of serious prosecutorial misconduct and concluded that “prosecutors have little reason to fear losing their jobs, even if they violate laws […]

Watch “The Confessions” online

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The PBS program, “Frontline,” recently aired the first television interviews conducted with the “Norfolk Four” after their release from prison. The “Norfolk Four” were a group of men enlisted in […]

New DNA Evidence Casts Doubt on Texas Execution

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On December 7, 2000, Claude Jones was executed in Texas for the 1989 murder of a shop owner in East Texas. The evidence against Mr. Jones included a co-defendant to […]

Alibi Doesn’t Protect Innocent Philadelphia Teen from 5 Months’ Incarceration

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Even a videotaped alibi didn’t prevent Lionel Franks, an 18 year-old high school senior, from being incarcerated for five months for an attempted murder he didn’t commit. Before his arrest […]

New Jersey Special Master Calls for Major Overhaul of Eyewitness Evidence

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For several months, a court in New Jersey held hearings at the request of the New Jersey Supreme Court to “test the current validity” of New Jersey’s standards on the […]

Florida’s struggle to establish an innocence commission continues

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Last week, according to a report by Shoshana Walter of The Ledger, the Florida State Supreme Court rejected State Senator Mike Haridopolos’ petition to establish a state funded and independent […]

Perils of Eyewitness Testimony Continue to Plague Courts

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Problems with eyewitness testimony in courts continue to raise concerns across the country. In a recent article, Do You Believe What Witnesses See?, the Baltimore Sun explores the unreliability of […]

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins: “We’ve seen the results of tough on crime. It doesn’t work.”

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Dallas County DA Craig Watkins appeared with Stephen Colbert last night and explained his Conviction Integrity Unit and the need for prosecutors to investigate and work to prevent wrongful convictions. […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Considers NAS Findings on Forensic Science

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Last week, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the findings of the National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path […]