Man, Wrongfully Imprisoned 21 Years Due to Police Misconduct, Sues City of Lynn and Police Officers Who Investigated the Crime

Angel Echavarria today

LYNN, MA—Released one year ago today following his exoneration for a murder that he did not commit, Angel Echavarria is now suing the City of Lynn and former Lynn Police and Massachusetts State Police officers for malicious prosecution and violations of his civil rights.  In January 1996, Angel Echavarria was wrongly convicted of the January… Read More

Innocent Kansas Man Sues Cops & Prosecutor Who Framed Him

“They took fifteen years of my life,” says Floyd Bledsoe of his wrongful imprisonment. KANSAS CITY, KA – Attorneys for Oskaloosa native Floyd Bledsoe filed suit in federal court today against Jefferson County law enforcement officers and others who participated in a profoundly unfair investigation and trial that resulted in Mr. Bledsoe’s wrongful conviction for… Read More

Public Defender Injustice

It’s sad to think about our country having two criminal justice systems: one for people who are wealthy and one for people who are not. But that is the reality. Everyone facing serious criminal charges is supposed to get a lawyer – our Supreme Court decided decades ago that everyone has a right to an… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2016 Q1

It is time for the first quarter 2016 wrongful conviction roundup, which includes some Loevy & Loevy clients who were exonerated through the extraordinary efforts of my colleagues. Ernest Matthews: Ernest Matthews spent eight years in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 1992, Mr. Matthews was arrested along with two others, accused of a… Read More

Cost of Incarceration

Any conversation with our wrongfully convicted clients opens your eyes to just how difficult reentry into society is after a period of incarceration. Of course, everyone’s story following incarceration is inherently different. Some have a large support network of family and friends; others struggle through reentry on their own. Some were incarcerated for decades and… Read More

Justice Scalia’s Legacy of Injustice

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away over the weekend. In a non-traditional sort of eulogy, rather than talking about Justice Scalia directly, I’d like to remember Justice Scalia by telling you about Troy Davis and Justice Scalia’s adherence to his principles, including his firmly held belief that the Constitution permits the execution of innocent… Read More

Mental Illness and the Law

  Many of the important justice issues discussed here –police brutality, wrongful convictions, mistreatment in prison, and mass incarceration – are magnified when the justice system encounters people with mental illness. On every level, our criminal justice system fails the mentally ill. The results are beyond appalling. Let’s consider it step by step. Police encounters… Read More

False Confessions in America

False confessions are more common than people think. Exoneration work and DNA testing reveal that police-induced false confessions are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions of the innocent. More than 1 out of 4 people wrongfully convicted, but later exonerated by DNA, made false confessions or gave false incriminating statements. That’s astonishing. Given… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup: Q4

As we finish out the year with the fourth quarter wrongful conviction roundup, I want to highlight the cause-effect relationship of many of the common themes discussed in this blog. The fourth quarter wrongful convictions and exonerations illustrate the tragic, real world effects of prosecutorial misconduct, police misconduct, false confessions, and flawed eyewitness identifications. The… Read More