Wrongful Conviction Roundup – Q1 2017

Each quarter, we think it’s important to remind people that the criminal justice system is fallible, and that thousands of innocent people are swept into it based on human error or misconduct. This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup focuses on people who were victimized by law enforcement officers’ intentional bad acts. What makes police fficers distort… Read More

Touch DNA and Wrongful Convictions

In exonerating the wrongfully convicted, DNA is often a conclusive way of proving a person’s innocence. DNA testing on biological evidence left behind by a rapist or murderer can show that the actual culprit’s DNA does not match the DNA of the person who was convicted of committing the crime. When that happens, we know… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2016Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup is equal parts tragic and infuriating. Once again, it includes years of lives wasted in prison, stories of blatant official misconduct, and devastating miscarriages of justice in the name of the people. First, Loevy & Loevy client Jermaine Walker won a Certificate of Innocence in April, after a Cook County… 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

Crime Lab Scandals Abound

We like to think that only guilty people end up in prison. And we like to think that DNA and scientific evidence are so fool-proof and convincing that they prevent innocent people from getting convicted of crimes. The reality, however, is that scientific evidence in criminal cases relies on crime lab analysis and, more specifically,… Read More

Prosecutorial Immunity: Checkmate

There are rules of fair play in criminal cases, and one of the most important ones is: the prosecutors must give the defense any evidence that is favorable to the person accused and material to the question of whether or not that person is guilty. In other words, it is cheating for prosecutors to hide… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup: Q3 2015

I know we do a wrongful conviction roundup every quarter, but the injustice some people have to endure never fails to shock. This quarter’s wrongful convictions are especially upsetting. The Exoneration of Bobby Johnson Let’s begin with Bobby Johnson’s heartbreaking wrongful conviction. Bobby was 16 years old in 2006 when he was jailed for the… Read More

When Innocence Isn’t Enough

Here’s something you may not have realized: did you know that the United States Supreme Court has never ruled that it is unconstitutional to incarcerate (or even execute) an innocent person? You’d think that everyone could agree that if someone can conclusively prove his innocence, he should not be left to rot in jail. And… Read More

Wrongful Convictions Roundup: Q3 2015

I know we do a wrongful conviction roundup every quarter, but the injustice some people have to endure never fails to shock. This quarter’s wrongful convictions are particularly upsetting. The Exoneration of Bobby Johnson Let’s begin with Bobby Johnson’s heartbreaking story. Bobby was 16 years old in 2006 when he was jailed for the armed… Read More

False Confessions, Wrongful Convictions

Great news to report: Daniel Andersen’s convictions for rape and murder were just overturned by an Illinois court. Daniel spent 27½ years in prison for these crimes  he did not commit, and compelling DNA evidence now supports his innocence claim. But how did the wrongful conviction happen? Well, for starters, he was convicted back when… Read More