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

Attorneys Announce One of Indiana’s Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Settlements

August 11, 2015 – In what is believed to be the third largest settlement for a wrongful conviction in Indiana history, attorneys for Mr. Billy Julian today announced that their client had agreed to a $3 million settlement today with the Town of Frankton and Madison County, IN. Julian, through his attorneys Mike Kanovitz, Elizabeth… Read More

The Trouble With Eyewitness Identifications

It is stunning to realize how often a witness confidently looks across a court room, points, and declares, “I was there. I saw it all, and I’m sure that he’s the one who did it,” only to be just plain wrong. Eyewitness identifications are powerful and compelling trial evidence, and yet DNA analysis has revealed… Read More

Nation’s Longest-Ever Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Sues Cops Who Allegedly Framed Him

Ricky Jackson Spent 39 Years in Prison for Crimes He Did Not Commit CLEVELAND, May 19, 2015 – After spending more time wrongly imprisoned than any other person in U.S. history, today Ricky Jackson filed suit against the City of Cleveland and the police who allegedly framed him. In 1975 at the age of 18,… Read More

Junk Science Causing Real Convictions

When juries are told that science all but proves that a defendant committed a crime, this compelling evidence practically guarantees a conviction — but what of the wrongful convictions when the so-called science is false?  It has now come to light that thousands of accused have faced the pseudo-science of microscopic hair analysis, a non-DNA… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More