Susan Mellen, left, is exonerated of murder by Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold in Torrance, Calif. At right, her attorney Deirdre O’Connor.
(Brad Graverson/Associated Press)
Sam Gross, the editor of the Registry, reflects on wrongful convictions in an Oped:
” We can do better, of course — for misdemeanors, for death penalty cases and for everything in between — if we’re willing to foot the bill. It’ll cost money to achieve the quality of justice we claim to provide: to do more careful investigations, to take fewer quick guilty pleas and conduct more trials, and to make sure those trials are well done. But first we have to recognize that what we do now is not good enough.” http://wapo.st/1CXdfIB
Read more: The staggering number of wrongful convictions in America http://wpo.st/_E_S0
When people hear about wrongfully convicted prisoners, they often ask why these individuals end up spending so much time in prison before they are exonerated. For the wrongfully convicted, the judicial system has failed twice – once in winning the wrongful conviction, but also in intentionally delaying exoneration for as long as possible.
Read more: The struggles of innocent prisoners @HuffPostBlog http://huff.to/1IqGG62 via @HuffPostCrime
By Lorenzo Johnson
Lorenzo Johnson served 16 and a half years of a life-without-parole sentence after being wrongfully convicted.
This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is sponsoring a conference in Arlington, Va., called the “International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation.” NIST is the government agency that’s attempting to carve out some standards and best practices for the use of forensics in the courtroom. To read more: http://wapo.st/1Jyt9pC
By Radley Balko.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post.
We hope you can join us this Friday at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to see Carlos Arzate and the Kind Souls play. As you may know, Carlos Arzate wrote a powerful song about Louis Taylor after Louis’s release and Lesley Hoyt-Croft created an incredibly moving music video using photos and footage from the 1970’s when the fire occurred and Louis was arrested. Carlos and his wife attended our March fundraiser where the video debuted. Carlos said he would donate 50% of the song proceeds to the Arizona Justice Project. To purchase the song and visit his website, click here: http://www.carlosarzate.com/#about