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Criminal Law

Adnan Syed Whose Case Launched 1,000 Podcasts Gets a New Trial

Adnan Syed, whose case was the subject of the immensely popular and influential podcast “Serial,” has had his conviction reversed by Baltimore prosecutors. 23 years ago, when Mr. Syed was 17, he convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in the death of Ms. Lee, who had been strangled and whose body was […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

SCOTUS Today To Hear Arguments On Issue Important to Wrongfully Convicted – Literally on a Life or Death Issue

Oral arguments are scheduled today before the US Supreme Court in the case of Shinn v. Ramirez and Jones, a case out of Arizona involving whether defendants who were convicted and sentenced to death could argue in Federal Court that their post-conviction lawyers were ineffective if they did not first make that argument in State […]

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Criminal Law

Fed Judge Rips DOJ After Brady Violations Cause Dismissal of Criminal Case

Yesterday Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York, issued a scathing decision calling for an investigation in procedures and systems in the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. The basis for the judge’s opinion was the dismissal of the criminal case and conviction in US v. Ali Sadr […]

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Wrongful Convictions

Ohio Man Spent 45 Years in Jail for Murder While Proof of True Killer Sat in Police Files

Isiah Andrews is probably the only 82 year old in Ohio who is happy to be outside and does not care that there is a pandemic going on. That’s because, thanks to the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati, he was just freed after spending 45 years in jail […]

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Wrongful Convictions

Progressive New Law in Virginia Removes Barriers to Proving Actual Innocence

Gov. Ralph Northam chose this Easter weekend to sign into laws sweeping progressive reforms including (1) making Virginia the first state in the South to enact comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications; (2) repealing “medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare,” including ultrasound requirements and 24-hour waiting periods […]

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Criminal Law

How to Fix a Drug Scandal? Netflix Answers: Good Lawyering

The four-episode Netflix series, How to Fix a Drug Scandal (HFDS) was released on Netflix on Wednesday. It comes from filmmaker Erin Lee Carr (also known for HBO’s 2019 amazing documentary At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, as well as other compelling documentaries like I Love You Now Die and Mommie Dead […]

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Wrongful Convictions

Its Wrong to Make Wrongly Convicted Drop Legal Claims In Exchange for Freedom

Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times last Tuesday wrote a piece on a growing trend among prosecutors facing motions to vacate wrongful convictions: They will consent to the motion if the defendant agrees to waive his right to seek money damages for his wrongful conviction. The story focuses on the Philadelphia case of Jimmy […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

In its treatment of Ronald Sullivan, Harvard Chooses Political Correctness Over the US Constitution

Harvard University said this week that Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., a law professor who has represented disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein would not continue as faculty dean of Winthrop House, an undergraduate house after his term ends on June 30, cowing to months of pressure from students. The professor, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., and his […]

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Wrongful Convictions

SCOTUS Won’t Overturn $28MM Wrongful Conviction Verdict from Nebraska

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a rural Nebraska county’s appeal of a $28 million court judgment rendered in 2016 compensating six people wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape and slaying. Gage County had filed a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to look at the verdict after a Federal appeals court upheld the […]