North Carolina Supreme Court to Hear Racial Justice Act Cases

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North Carolina Supreme Court to Hear Racial Justice Act Cases

On April 14, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear appeals in the cases of the four inmates whose death sentences were reduced to life without parole under the state’s Racial Justice Act. North Carolina passed the Act in 2009, allowing death row inmates to use statistical studies to show that racial bias affected their trials. The first four cases were heard in 2012. The evidence presented at hearings for defendants Marcus Robinson (l.), Tilmon Golphin, Quintel Augustine, and Christina Walters included testimony that prosecutors made racially charged notes during jury selection and participated in a training seminar where they were taught how to get around laws that banned striking jurors on the basis of race. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks reduced the sentences of all four…

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Brooklyn DA Moves to Free Man after Long-Buried Evidence Surfaces

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Brooklyn DA Moves to Free Man after Long-Buried Evidence Surfaces

Jonathan Fleming has served more than 24 years in prison for a 1989 murder. Now it has emerged that law enforcement had evidence all along showing he was in Florida at the time of the shooting.


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Witness to Innocence


Another newspaper in #Tennessee rips the law to speed up executions there: “If Tennessee were to outlaw the #deathpenalty, the need for the extensive appeals would vanish. The crucial point is that the death penalty, once carried out, can’t be reversed. It’s too late then to say, ‘Oops.’ Future generations will likely see the injection gurney and the electric chair as the moral equivalent of hanging or the guillotine. They, too, belong in the history books.” http://tinyurl.com/kxoxdx3 (pic of Nashville ret. Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert w/world’s most famous abolitionist nun)

Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Willingham Won’t Get Posthumous Pardon

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Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Willingham Won’t Get Posthumous Pardon .
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TX: Willingham Won’t Get Posthumous Pardon
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Willingham Won’t Get Posthumous Pardon
• by Brandi Grissom, Edgar Walters and Terri Langford
• April 3, 2014The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted not to recommend a posthumous full pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed a decade ago after being convicted of setting a house fire that killed his three young daughters.

“This whole process is, unfortunately, typical of this board, where they don’t demonstrate that they’ve actually considered the substantial evidence that we’ve put before them,” said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, which has led the charge to clearn Willingham’s name in the case.

Updated, Feb. 28, 2014, 2:30 p.m.:

Attorneys working on behalf of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed 10…

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Joint enterprise: ancient law jailing hundreds, say FOI reports

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Joint enterprise: ancient law jailing hundreds, say FOI reports

Use of law which enables defendants to be found guilty of killing even if they did not deliver fatal blow sparks widespread concern
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There were 1,853 people prosecuted in England and Wales for homicide in a charge that involved more than four people in the last eight years. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

More than 1,800 people have been charged with homicide under the controversial, legal principle of joint enterprise in the past eight years, according to figures obtained from freedom of information requests.

The first, detailed assessment of how frequently prosecutors rely on the 300 year old, common law offence has been obtained through research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

There is widespread concern over the complex doctrine, which enables defendants to…

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Kentucky court grants DNA test in love triangle slaying

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Kentucky court grants DNA test in love triangle slaying-

OnLY SOME LINES HERE: PLEASE, read important article here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/03/29/kentucky-court-grants-dna-test-love-triangle-slaying/7068203/

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A Northern Kentucky inmate serving life in prison for murder has won a bid for DNA testing of evidence in the case after a court ruled that the law creating that right applies to her even though it wasn’t in effect at the time of her conviction.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the statute passed by lawmakers in 2013 applies to the case of 54-year-old Deborah Huiett, convicted in 2005 of killing a woman in a love triangle dispute….

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/03/29/kentucky-court-grants-dna-test-love-triangle-slaying/7068203/

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