Criminal-Justice News

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The latest developments in potentially wrongful convictions, public policy and more.



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Kentucky Woman Wins New Trial

A state Court of Appeals panel granted a retrial for Susan Jean King, who pleaded guilty to a 1998 murder she said she didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

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Massachusetts Ex-Inmate Seeks Compensation

After a second trial acquitted him of murder in 2013, Charles Wilhite filed a lawsuit against the state seeking $500,000 for his wrongful conviction. Read the full story here.

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Texas Prosecutor of Ex-Death Row Inmate Under Review

Former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta, Jr. faces disbarment as the State Bar of Texas found “just cause” to review claims of prosecutorial misconduct filed by Anthony Graves, an ex-death row inmate. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Freed

New DNA evidence prompted a judge to vacate the attempted rape conviction of Nathan Brown, who served nearly 17 years of a 25-year sentence. Read the full story here.

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Death Row Inmate’s Conviction Overturned

The Florida Supreme Court overturned a death row inmate’s 1986 first-degree murder conviction after DNA evidence pointed to his innocence. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted New York Men To Receive Settlement

Five men wrongly convicted in a 1989 beating and rape in Central Park have agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for about $40 million. Read the full story here.

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New York Man Found Not Guilty at Second Trial

After about a seven-hour deliberation, jurors acquitted Adrian Thomas, who was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder in his 4-month-old son’s death. Read the full story here.

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Death Penalty Support Reaches New Low

When asked to choose between life imprisonment without parole and the death penalty, the majority of Americans prefer life in prison for convicted murderers. Read the full story here.

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Judge Frees New York Man Convicted in 1997 Homicide

After serving 17 years in prison for a murder he said he didn’t commit, Roger Logan was freed after a judge vacated his conviction. Read the full story here.

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Oklahoma Woman Serving Life Sentence Freed

After serving 20 years of a life sentence for the murder of her infant son, Michelle Murphy was freed when new DNA evidence raised questions about her conviction. Read the full story here.

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North Carolina Double Murder Conviction Overturned

A Durham judge granted a new trial for a man who has served 19 years for two murders he said he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted Massachusetts Man Denied Compensation

The state Supreme Judicial Court rejected a compensation request from an ex-inmate who served seven years for a murder he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

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FBI Will Begin Recording Interrogations

The U.S. Department of Justice reverses its policy and will require the FBI and other federal agencies to record most suspect interrogations. Read the full story here.

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Judge Clears New York Man’s Conviction

Tyrone Hicks, a Bronx man who served time in prison for attempted rape, was cleared of all charges after new DNA evidence pointed to his innocence. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted New York Man to Be Compensated

Frank Sterling will receive a settlement of $8.625 million from Monroe County and the city of Rochester after he served prison time for a 1988 murder he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Freed from Prison

After serving 34 years for the 1979 murder of a New Orleans police officer’s wife, Reginald Adams was freed from prison after police and prosecutors admitted misconduct in the case. Read the full story here.

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Convicted Man with Delayed Incarceration Set Free

A judge freed a Missouri man who was sentenced to 13 years in 2000 for a robbery conviction but hadn’t been sent to prison until last year due to a clerical error. Read the full story here.

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Study Finds Some Death Row Inmates Are Likely Innocent

A statistical analysis found one in 25 people on death row is likely innocent, according to a peer-reviewed study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the full story here.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Creates Office to Review Convictions

The Conviction Review Unit, a new office in Philadelphia that reinvestigates homicide cases with wrongful conviction claims, will be led by a veteran homicide prosecutor. Read the full story here.

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Former Ohio Attorney General Asks Judge to Hold Hearing for Inmate

After reviewing potential wrongful conviction cases, James Petro, the state’s attorney general from 2003 to 2007, is asking a U.S. District Court judge to hold a hearing for an inmate who was convicted in a 1991 murder. Read the full story here.

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Wrongly Convicted New York Man Set Free

A judge released Jonathan Fleming from prison after the Brooklyn district attorney’s Conviction Review Unit found new evidence that points to his innocence in a 1989 murder. Read the full story here.

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