Wrongful Convictions

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter is very relevant to criminal justice – the Easter story is the story of a revolutionary who was persecuted,...

If he’s not guilty they would not have charged him, right?

If he’s not guilty they would not have charged him, right?

Stories of persons who spent huge chunks of their lives in prison, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence after...

Armed robbery dismissal

Armed robbery dismissal

Laura Hiller, an attorney in our office, handled an armed robbery case that was dismissed last week and which gives...

Bond in criminal domestic violence cases (RTFM)

Bond in criminal domestic violence cases (RTFM)

We’ve had a few cases lately where a magistrate or municipal court judge has denied bond on CDV charges. It...

Texas governor replaces panel investigating wrongful execution

Texas governor replaces panel investigating wrongful execution

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004, after being convicted of murdering his family by arson. For the...

Two new criminal defense opinions from SCOTUS

Two new criminal defense opinions from SCOTUS

The United States Supreme Court released two criminal law opinions today. The first, (from the syllabus) Osbourne, holds that there...

Informant legislation – some progress in two troubling areas of criminal law

Informant legislation – some progress in two troubling areas of criminal law

Jailhouse informants (persons with pending charges who become witnesses for the prosecution): Texas has a bill pending that would require...

DNA exonerations

DNA exonerations

(H/T to R. Balko) On a lighter note, a man is exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 12 years for...

The cost of wrongful convictions

The cost of wrongful convictions

Prosecutorial misconduct such as withholding evidence, the use of jailhouse snitch testimony, faulty eyewitness identifications, and coerced confessions lead to...

DNA exonerations are best when they happen before the conviction

DNA exonerations are best when they happen before the conviction

I focus quite a bit on the negative, the unethical things that some prosecutors do to win their cases, but...