Friday, January 28, 2011

CNN Show Focuses on Wrongful Convictions in North Carolina

Tune in Sunday, January 30th at 8:00pm for Rouge Justice, which tells the story of Greg Taylor and Floyd Brown, who were wrongfully convicted in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was involved in both cases.

The show will also be replaying on February 5th at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Illinois Exoneree Asks Governor Quinn to Abolish Death Penalty

In 1986, Randy Steidl was convicted of murder he did not commit. Jailhouse snitch testimony played a role in convicting Steidl and Herbert Whitlock, his co-defendant. Steidl won his motion for new trial in 2003, and was exonerated in 2004 after the government declined to appeal the decision.

Steidl's conviction brought the wrongful conviction rate of death row inmates in Illinois to 6%. Today, Steidl is calling for the Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, to repeal the death penalty. Last week, the Illinois house of representatives voted to repeal the death penalty. Today, the senate followed suit. Now the bill will go to Quinn, who is expected to sign it.

If Quinn signs the bill, it will be a victory for The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School. CWC has worked for years to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

"Gordon (Randy) Steidl". Center on Wrongful Convictions.
Wilson, Todd and Ray Long. "Illinois death penalty ban sent to Gov. Pat Quinn."

Friday, January 7, 2011

Texas Forensic Science Committee Reviewing Willingham Case Today

To access the live stream of the committee hearing, go here:

(Courtesy of the Innocence Project)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free After Thirty Years

This week Cornelius Dupree, Jr. was declared an innocent man after serving more than three decades for a crime he did not commit. Dupree was charged in Dallas, TX in 1980of rape and robbery. The conviction was based largely on a faulty witness identification. Earlier this year, DNA evidence from the rape proved that Dupree was not the perpetrator.

Dupree was represented by Innocence Project Co-Founder Barry Scheck and Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison. Morrison said “Mistaken identification has always plagued the criminal justice system, but great strides have been made in the last three decades to understand the problem and come up with fixes like those being considered by the state Legislature that help minimize wrongful convictions. We hope state lawmakers take note of the terrible miscarriage of justice suffered by Cornelius. When the wrong person is convicted of a crime, the real perpetrator goes free, harming everyone.”

Legislation is in the works in Texas to provide standards to law enforcement for administering lineups and photo arrays. These standards would help to prevent eyewitness misidentification by preventing influence of the witness and by imposing strict standards to increase the accurary and reliability of identifications.

Anthony Massingill was convicted with Dupree. He is expected to be exonerated later this month.

Innocence Blog. "Houston Man to be Declared Innocent After Serving 30 Years for a Dallas Rape and Robbery He Did Not Commit." January 4 2011.