Category Archives: Reform measures

Florida’s Innocence Commission Releases Final Report

Florida’s Innocence Commission has concluded two years of work by releasing a final report of recommendations to eliminate or drastically reduce wrongful convictions in the state. The Commission was founded in July of 2010 with a stated mission to provide … Continue reading

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New Bill in Florida Proposes Double-Blind Lineups

In what is a terrific step forward in reducing wrongful convictions resulting from eyewitness misidentification, the Florida State Senate unanimously passed a bill submitted by Sen. Joe Negron that requires double-blind lineups in all criminal investigations. Senate Bill 1206, also … Continue reading

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NJ Supreme Court Explores the Reliability of Witness Identification

Larry Henderson claims that Camden, NJ police influenced a witness’ identification of him as an accomplice in the shooting of Rodney Harper, for which Henderson was convicted in 2004. Now, the New Jersey Supreme Court will examine whether courts and … Continue reading

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Texas Senate Passes Bill Codifying Lineup Procedures

The Texas Senate passed a bill that would require police to adopt written policies when conducting live and photo identification lineups. This is a big step in helping to reduce wrongful convictions, as without proper policies, investigators can sometimes lead … Continue reading

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Update: Prosecution Appeals a Special Jury Instruction Regarding Eyewitness Identification

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a Florida armed-robbery trial that was set to include special jury instruction regarding eyewitness identification. Now, prosecutors wish to block a measure that could influence public opinion about the accuracy of eyewitness identification … Continue reading

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Death Row Inmate To be Retried Within 120 Days or Released

For 26 years, James Lambert has been on death row proclaiming his innocence of a 1982 murder. Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that if the Commonwealth does not retry him within 120 days, he “shall be released.” … Continue reading

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