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Forensic Science – From Small Things, Big Results

DNA has often been useful in determining if the wrong person was sent to jail. But what is it? And how is it studied? The science behind the strands. More than 99% of the human body’s basic building blocks are the same in all people. The differences in the remaining genetic material are what separate […]

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CASE STUDY: CLARENCE ELKINS – A Battle Against Family

A 6-year-old’s shaky testimony and pressure from police landed her uncle behind bars for life. Mark Godsey and the Ohio Innocence Project took on the case BY BETH KARAS In June 1998, an intruder raped, strangled and beat Judy Johnson, 58, and her granddaughter Brooke Sutton, 6, in the Akron suburb of Barberton, Ohio. Johnson […]

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A Lifetime Lost, Then Freedom Ricky Jackson was falsely convicted of murder in 1975. He holds the record for the most years an exonerated American has served in prison BY COURTNEY MIFSUD

A lie landed Ricky Jackson on death row at the age of 18. The lie— told by a 12-year-old boy, who decades later disclosed that police pressured him to describe a vicious Cleveland murder, “a crime I never saw”— sent Jackson to prison for 39 years, five months and 27 days. According to the National […]

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Shaking Up the Criminal-Justice System – Attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld co-founded the Innocence Project to free wrongly convicted inmates: BY JIM DWYER

As long as there have been prisons, certain people have argued that they did not belong in them. A witness got it wrong. A cop or a lawyer mishandled evidence. An alibi was overlooked. And as long as people have been protesting their innocence, there have been plenty of skeptics to mutter, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” […]

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Time Magazine Special Edition: Commemorating 25 Years of the Innocence Project

BY CARLITA SALAZAR Just in time for its 25th anniversary, the Innocence Project is the centerpiece of Time magazine’s newly published special edition issue, Innocent: The Fight Against Wrongful Convictions. From its introduction—authored by New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer—to its last chapter, the issue explains how Innocence Project Co-Founders and Co-Directors Peter Neufeld and […]

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TEN THINGS NEVER TO FORGET IF YOU ARE FALSELY ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE:

Try to overcome any embarrassment of the sexual charges or reticence to aggressively help in your defense. Don’t assume the system will correct itself, assume it won’t. Before formal charges are brought, try to get to your children, with a third party present, to talk about how your kids have been influenced to say untruthful […]

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