A federal jury awarded $17.175 million to Jacques Rivera, who spent 21 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. It is another case tied to former Chicago cop Reynaldo Guevara, who invoked his Fifth Amendment right hundreds of times as he was questioned on the stand.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the high court was not expressing a view “on the soundness of the policy. We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim.” The ACLU responded that ‘history..will judge today’s decision harshly.”
With a goal of preventing wrongful convictions, the newly signed legislation requires Louisiana police agencies to adopt best practices on eyewitness identification procedures. Data suggests misidentifications were a factor in nearly three-quarters of the 2,000 known exonerations in the U.S. since 1989.
Three Dallas men freed after being exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit have dedicated the rest of their lives to saving others in the same situation. Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer tells their story in a PBS documentary to be aired Monday.
When wrongfully convicted people get major compensation payments from state governments or police, many are “hit up for money by family or friends” or are targets of scammers, says an exoneree who advises dozens of them.
About 35 of 2,300 prosecutors in the U.S. have established conviction integrity units to prevent, identify, and correct false convictions. Yet 12 units of 33 covered in a new report never have exonerated anyone of a crime.
The number of people exonerated in criminal cases dropped to 139 last year from 171 in 2016, says the National Registry of Exonerations. Perjury and false accusations were involved in a record 87 cases.
Gun-control advocates who push for “one-size-fits-all” enforcement of laws that make it illegal for anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses to possess firearms “ignore the reality of intimate-partner abuse,” argues a paper published this month in the Ohio State Law Journal.
The city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri will pay nearly $14 million to the family of George Allen, a man wrongfully convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of a St. Louis court reporter. Allen died in 2016 after serving 30 years in prison.
Chicago police union official is criticizing a $31 million settlement for four African-American men whose murder convictions were overturned, calling the wrongful conviction movement “a cottage industry” that uses taxpayers as a blank check in pricey payouts.