Entries tagged with “Larry Swearingen

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Oct 03, 2019

Junk Science and Wrongful Convictions: James Rytting Discusses the Case of Larry Swearingen

James Rytting, an attor­ney who rep­re­sent­ed Texas pris­on­er Larry Swearingen, describes the junk sci­ence used to con­vict his client. Swearingen was exe­cut­ed on August 21, 2019, after mul­ti­ple courts declined to con­sid­er new evi­dence that revealed flaws in the foren­sic evi­dence pre­sent­ed at tri­al. Rytting also explains how Swearingen’s case high­lights flaws that con­tribute to wrong­ful con­vic­tions through­out the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem: unsci­en­tif­ic analy­sis of foren­sic evi­dence, lack of sci­en­tif­ic train­ing for lawyers and judges, and an appel­late sys­tem that val­ues final­i­ty over fairness.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Oct 10, 2019

New Podcast: Texas Lawyer James Rytting on Junk Science and the Execution of Larry Swearingen

In the lat­est episode of Discussions with DPIC, Texas cap­i­tal defense lawyer James Rytting (pic­tured) dis­cuss­es the case of his client, Larry Swearingen, and the junk sci­ence that led to the exe­cu­tion of a man legit­i­mate sci­ence strong­ly sug­gests was inno­cent. Rytting describes the false foren­sic analy­sis pre­sent­ed under the guise of sci­ence in Swearingen’s case, the appel­late process that makes it almost impos­si­ble” to obtain review of new evi­dence, and the per­sis­tent prob­lem of wrong­ful convictions.