Ineffective Lawyers

Read Rodell Sanders’ story about Ineffective Lawyering The Sixth Amendment guarantees criminal defendants the right to counsel. For that right to be meaningful, a lawyer must meet “at least the minimum standard of competence.” [ 1 ] Criminal defendants are not entitled to the best representation, but only representation that falls “below an objective standard of reasonableness.” …

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Unreliable & Paid Informants

Read Jose Montanez’s story about Unreliable Informants When it comes to testimony in criminal trials, there is a rampant quid pro quo system for jailhouse “snitches” and paid informants willing to give evidence against the guilty and innocent alike. Arrangements can range from get-out-of-jail-free cards to a hot lunch, though not all “snitches” see a …

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Faulty Forensics

Read James Kluppelberg’s story about Faulty Forensics While scientific developments have helped law enforcement ensure some convictions, they have also uncovered system-wide failures due to problematic procedures and faulty techniques. Termed “junk science”, many practices and procedures meant to be scientifically rigorous ways of testing evidence have been proven false, as have the convictions they …

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Police & Prosecutorial Misconduct

Read Ben Baker’s story about Police Misconduct Many wrongful convictions can be traced back to constitutional violations committed by the investigating police officers and/or prosecutors involved. Infamous individuals such as Chicago’s own Jon Burge, have shed light on the illegal tactics employed in some police departments and prosecutor’s offices. The EP has cases with confessions that …

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False Confessions

Read Eric Caine’s story about False Confessions It may seem inconceivable that a defendant would give a false confession, and yet it is an extraordinarily common occurrence. Police misconduct may be to blame for many false confessions, but there are many factors that may lead a person to admit to a crime they did not …

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Eyewitness Misidentification

Read Tyrone Hood’s story about Eyewitness Misidentification Scholars, lawyers, and courts around the country are pushing for reforms that will challenge the long-held assumptions on the reliability of eyewitness testimony. For a quick primer on the problems with eyewitness identifications, view the 60 Minutes piece Eyewitness: How Accurate is Visual Memory?” Featured below, the Exoneration Project has …

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