New York City Will Pay $10 Million to Settle Wrongful Conviction Case

New York City Will Pay $10 Million to Settle Wrongful Conviction Case

Revelations about the prosecution of Jabbar Collins, who served 15 years for a murder he did not commit, helped to bring down longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

Jabbar Collins photographed at the law firm where he now works. (Andrew Burton, special to ProPublica)

New York City has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a wrongful conviction lawsuit filed by Jabbar Collins, who spent 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

The settlement announced today concludes a decades-long struggle for Collins, now 42.

He was just 22 when he was sent to Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate New York for the 1994 murder of Brooklyn landlord Abraham Pollack. In the years that followed, Collins turned his cell into a full-fledged jailhouse lawyer’s office. He filed Freedom of Information Requests, re-interviewed witnesses, and taught himself to write and submit legal motions. Eventually, he gained the attention of a Manhattan defense attorney named Joel Rudin, who helped Collins win his freedom by persuading Federal Judge Dora Irizarry to vacate his conviction in 2010. …


siamesische Zwillinge bei Delfin gefunden

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Siamesische Zwillinge
An einem Strand nahe der türkischen Großstadt Izmir fand Sportlehrer Tugrul Metin einen toten Delfin mit zwei Köpfen. “Ich konnte es zunächst kaum glauben”, zitiert die britische Zeitung “Daily Mail” den Finder. “Ich habe noch nie von einem solchen Delfin gehört, geschweige denn einen gesehen. Ich war total geschockt.” Metin rief die Polizei, die den Kadaver in ein Labor brachte. Meeresbiologe Mehmet Gokoglu sprach laut der Nachrichtenagentur Dogan von einem außergewöhnlichen Fund. Die Experten der Universität Akdeniz wollen die siamesische Zwillinge nun genauer untersuchen.
Dieses Phänomen ist in der freien Wildbahn sehr selten – insbesondere bei Walen, zu denen auch die Delfine gehören. Ein Muttertier bringt lediglich ein Junges zur Welt, da es nicht in der Lage ist, ein weiteres zu versorgen. Sollte es dazu kommen, dass Zwillinge ausgetragen werden, überlebt häufig nur ein Jungtier. Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass es sich bei den siamesischen Delphinzwillingen…

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Darryl Howard’s Conviction Reversed, Release Imminent

Darryl Howard’s Conviction Reversed, Release Imminent

Darryl Howard

Six weeks after Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson reversed Darryl Howard’s convictions for the 1991 murder of a mother and her daughter based on new DNA evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, Hudson said at a recent bail hearing that he plans to free Darryl on unsecured bond. In May, Hudson found that prosecutor Mike Nifong, who was disbarred and held in contempt for his actions in the Duke Lacrosse case, violated Darryl’s constitutional rights by failing to turn over the exculpatory evidence and soliciting false and misleading testimony from the lead detective in the case.

The State has appealed the order reversing Darryl’s convictions. In spite of the circuit court’s ruling that Darryl should be released during the appeal, the state has sought an extraordinary stay in the North Carolina Supreme Court, which would keep Darryl in prison if granted. That request is pending.

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Darryl Howard’s wife, Nannie Howard, hugs Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck. Photos: Sameer Abdel-Khalek

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Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Editorial: When the wrong man dies

Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Editorial: When the wrong man dies.

TX: Editorial: When the wrong man dies
Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:54
Editorial: When the wrong man dies
Published: 24 July 2014 11:56 AMThe Dallas Morning NewsWhile the national debate over the death penalty has been rekindled by Wednesday’s botched execution of a murderer in Arizona, the execution of Carlos DeLuna should matter much more. It happened almost 25 years ago. It should haunt us still today.

DeLuna’s death at the hands of the state of Texas was almost certainly a crime in itself. The evidence is compelling that he was an innocent man and that it was another Carlos — Carlos Hernandez — who in February 1983 brutally murdered a single mother named Wanda Lopez as she worked in a Corpus Christi convenience store.

A newly published book by Columbia Law School professor James S. Liebman and The Columbia DeLuna Project lays out the story not only of Lopez’s sadistic murder but of the injustice that likely led the state to strap an innocent man to a gurney and poison him to death.

The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, shows how law enforcement officers botched the investigation of Lopez’s death from the first moments they walked into the crime scene.

Evidence that included shoe prints, a cigarette butt, a wad of chewing gum and clumps of hair were ignored or overlooked. Detectives trampled on the blood-covered crime scene before it was washed down and erased by 6 a.m. the morning after the murder. The primary detective on the case spent less than two hours at the scene and never saw it in the light of day, the book states.

DeLuna was no saint. The eighth-grade dropout was a repeat felon. But when police found him hiding under a truck as they scoured a neighborhood for a suspect — not a drop of blood on him — it was the fatal beginning of wrong assumptions and bad law enforcement.

The key evidence against DeLuna was an eyewitness who identified him as the man he saw struggling with Lopez behind the counter of the convenience store window. That witness, Kevin Baker, was pumping gas when he saw the fight. He walked to the convenience store door as the killer walked out. They stood 3 feet apart. “Don’t mess with me, I got a gun,” the murderer said.

A former Navy medic, Baker ran into the store and aided Lopez as she begged him for help before dying.

Baker’s testimony that it was DeLuna he saw that night was crucial in the conviction. And yet, considering all of the evidence now, it appears certain Baker was wrong. It was Hernandez, a known gang leader with a penchant for knives and a sadistic bent, who killed Lopez, the book concludes. Hernandez repeatedly boasted that he had killed Lopez and let his “stupida tocayo,” or namesake, take the fall.

That’s what makes this book so disturbing. A man’s life turned on a single piece of evidence. Police and prosecutors, meanwhile, actively ignored evidence to the contrary. DeLuna was even accused of fabricating the existence of Hernandez, someone who was well known to authorities.

The punishment of death is irreversible. It is the most dire sentence a state can mete out. Carlos DeLuna was executed 25 years ago. But The Wrong Carlos reminds us that his death must still have meaning, especially in his home state.

DNA prompts court to overturn conviction in Hernando death

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DNA prompts court to overturn conviction in Hernando death

DNA prompts By GEOFF FOX
Tribune Staff

Paul Christopher Hildwin, left, hangs his head down as jurors give a guilty verdict against him for the first-degree murder of Vronzettie Cox. Seated beside Hildwin is his defense attorney Dan Lewan. The jury took only two hours to reach their verdict. FILE

BROOKSVILLE — DNA evidence persuaded the Supreme Court of Florida to overturn the conviction of death-row inmate Paul Christopher Hildwin on Thursday.

In 1986, Hildwin was convicted of first-degree murder by a Hernando County jury in the strangulation death of 42-year-old Vronzettie Cox, whose naked body was found in the trunk of her car the previous year. Cox had also been raped.

The Supreme Court remanded the case to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Hernando County.

A majority of the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that…

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