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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Free At Last
My very first post on this site concerned Marty Tankleff, victim of a staggering injustice. Tankleff, then a teenager, was convicted of killing his parents on the basis of a coerced confession -- immediately recanted and supported by no evidence. Wonderful news arrived this holiday season: Tankleff's conviction was reversed. Let us hope that the prosecutor comes to his senses and does not seek a new trial, but rather allows the tragic farce to come to an end.
6:50 pm est

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Good News From The Garden State
New Jersey has become the first state in decades to abolish the death penalty. While there are complex arguments for and against capital punishment, they take a backseat to one plain truth: state-sanctioned killing will take the life of  innocent people. The number of DNA exonerations, which includes some people who were on death row, clinches the case against capital punishment. 
10:30 am est

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Mitchell Report
The release of the Mitchell Report about the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball will destroy reputations and perhaps livelihoods. Accordingly, we do well to keep in mind that false accusations are a close cousin of false confessions.
8:19 am est

Friday, December 7, 2007

Justice Delayed & Denied
28 states still offer no compensation to people wrongly convicted of crimes -- even when they serve years in prison prior to being exonerated. What are they waiting for?
7:20 am est

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Innocent & Imprisoned
This week brought another DNA exoneration of someone wrongly convicted, bringing the total to 209. We must keep in mind that, in many cases, there's no preserved DNA from the crime scene. Moreover, most convicts lack the resources or wherewithal to contact the Innocence Project. Accordingly, there's every reason to believe that the 209 exonerated by DNA tests represent the tip of a large iceberg. There are almost certainly a fair number of innocent people who remain behind bars. What a terribly sobering thought.
1:53 pm est

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