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America’s Guilt Mill

Thousands of Americans are wrongfully convicted each year for second-tier felonies like robbery, burglary and assault. Most who are convicted of minor crimes are unlikely to pony up a retainer—typically $25,000 or much more—to hire a lawyer to seek justice. Nor can they expect help from the community of innocence advocates, who focus on cases where DNA can provide irrefutable evidence of innocence—usually homicides or rapes.

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Freeing the Innocent, V. 2.0

Some surprising new allies have emerged in the legal battles around the country to free individuals wrongfully convicted of crimes. Police officers and prosecutors, who have often seemed uncomfortable with the rapidly growing number of exonerations of convicted criminal defendants, are increasingly playing critical roles in securing those exonerations. In a report issued in April, the National Registry of Exonerations found that in 2012, police and prosecutors actively participated in 54 percent of the exonerations (34 out of 63). According […]

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You're Innocent–Finally

The number of cases in which police and prosecutors helped exonerate innocent defendants dramatically increased in 2012, according to a report released today by the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE). Law enforcement authorities initiated or cooperated in more than half of the known exonerations last year: 34 out of 63 cases. It was the first time law enforcement contributed to the majority of exonerations in a year, according to the NRE. The previous high was 2008, when law enforcement officials […]