Many wrongful convictions are based on forensic testimony and science later exposed as flawed. A California statute this year laid out the terms for granting relief to defendants challenging ‘expert’ evidence—but striking the right balance between evolving scientific research and trial pressures remains a challenge, says a UC law professor.
Judges in New York have been urged to formally remind prosecutors of their obligation to turn over evidence that might exonerate defendants before a trial— or face contempt charges. It’s a step long advocated by reform advocates like the Innocence Project—will other states follow suit?
Recent high-profile exonerations have highlighted systemic failures and cognitive biases that may be fixed through a system-wide approach to learning from wrongful convictions, according to a new paper released by the National Institute of Justice. Anthony Batts, commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Madeline deLeone, executive director of the Innocence Project, examine several exonerations and discuss in the paper what investigations of errors in other fields, such as medicine, […]
A current debate over the handling of eyewitness evidence illuminates the influence that a “downstream” inspection screen (here, the prosecutors) can exercise over “upstream” practices (here, police evidence evaluation).
A “record-breaking” number of exonerations occurred in 2013, according to a new report released by the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. There were 87 known exonerations in 2013, four more than were recorded in the previous highest year, 2009. There have been at least 1,300 exonerations in the last 25 years, according to the report. The use of DNA […]
Dallas will be one of several cities taking part in a study that seeks to come up with the best possible way to confirm eyewitness identifications. The $300,000 federally funded study will be led by the Washington-based Urban Institute beginning in January 2007.