Category Archives: prosecutors

Prosecutors’ Belief in their own Infallibility

It is hard to know what is most shocking about the case of mentally disabled Henry Lee McCollum*, exonerated and released earlier this month after spending 30 years on death row in North Carolina. It is shocking that his mental disability … Continue reading

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‘Prosecutors hid evidence of innocence’

‘Death row inmate: Prosecutors hid evidence of innocence’, headlines this week’s Clarion Ledger article about the case of Jeffrey Havard, who is held alongside Willie on the Parchman death row. Havard is convicted of inflicting sexual abuse on a baby girl … Continue reading

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Flawed FBI Hair Analysis: Defendants Kept in the Dark

‘Flawed Forensics’ (episode 3 of the Al Jazeera America series, The System) reveals that when conducting forensic hair analysis, FBI experts were often pressured to skew results in favor of the prosecution (see FBI Hair Analysis: Favoring the Prosecution). More … Continue reading

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A Can of Worms in Mississippi

Radley Balko, writing last month in the Washington Post, describes how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently turned down a request for post-conviction relief by a man convicted of murder in Mississippi. Tavares Flaggs was convicted largely … Continue reading

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A Judge Sits on his Leather Chair

As so many times before, Willie Jerome Manning is waiting. He is waiting to find out whether the State approves the items that he wants to have tested for DNA and fingerprints, to provide evidence for his case of the … Continue reading

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A History of Racial Disparities

In his speech last month commemorating Martin Luther King’s famous oration, Barack Obama spoke of the need for vigilance, for instance, to ensure “the criminal justice system is not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.” The previous … Continue reading

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