Entries tagged with “Earl Washington

Oct 21, 2004

DPIC SUMMARY: Chicago Tribune Series, Forensics Under the Microscope”

A CHICAGO TRIBUNE INVESTIGATIVE SERIESChicago Tribune vet­er­an project reporters Flynn McRoberts, Steve Mills and Maurice Possley, togeth­er with researcher Judith Marriott, scru­ti­nized crim­i­nal cas­es includ­ing sci­en­tif­ic” or foren­sic evi­dence, con­duct­ing hun­dreds of inter­views across the coun­try and exam­in­ing thou­sands of court doc­u­ments. From October 17, 2004 to October 21, 2004 the Tribune pub­lished a five-part inves­tiga­tive series which details the use of foren­sic evi­dence in crim­i­nal tri­als and con­cludes that foren­sic science’s false aura of infal­li­bil­i­ty dis­torts the adver­sar­i­al sys­tem of American jus­tice.Part I: Forensics Under the Microscope: Unproven techniques…

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Aug 18, 2011

NEW RESOURCES: The Causes of Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project has launched a new mul­ti­me­dia resource illus­trat­ing the main caus­es of wrong­ful con­vic­tions and the reforms nec­es­sary to pre­vent such mis­takes. This inter­ac­tive tool, Getting it Right,” fea­tures videos, case stud­ies and research on such top­ics as false con­fes­sions, eye­wit­ness iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, infor­mant tes­ti­mo­ny, and fail­ures by the defense and pros­e­cu­tion. Three death penal­ty cas­es are high­light­ed: Ron Williamson, Earl Washington, Jr., and Ray Krone, who col­lec­tive­ly spent 44 years in prison or on death row before the dis­cov­ery of their inno­cence and even­tu­al exon­er­a­tion. Washington’s lawyer had…