Monthly Archives: April 2012

New York Establishes Bureau to Review Wrongful Convictions

The New York Attorney General will establish the Conviction Review Bureau to review wrongful convictions as well as establish a system to streamline damage claims arising from such convictions. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement, “There is only … Continue reading

Gov. Brown Commutes a Life Sentence, Citing “Significant Doubt”

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Shirley Ree Smith’s life sentence citing “significant doubt” about her guilt.  In 1997, Shirley Ree Smith was babysitting for her infant grandson.  Described by all who know here as a gentle, caring, and … Continue reading

Holding Prosecutors Accountable in Wrongful Convictions

The story is all too familiar. Michael Morton, a Texas father, served almost 24 years in prison for a crime–a brutal murder of his beloved wife–that he did not commit. He was freed after DNA testing indicated he was not … Continue reading

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