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Criminal Justice System

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Courthouse News (h/t The Agitator)

A judge in Dickson County, Tenn., had officers pull a spectator out of his courtroom "on a hunch," held him in custody and made him submit to a urinalysis for drugs. The judge "routinely drug-screens 'spectators' in his courtroom if he 'thinks' they

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East Valley Tribune

A bid by state legislators to retroactively change self-defense laws is unconstitutional, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled. Judges said Cesar Montes, convicted of a 2005 shooting death is not entitled to take advantage of changes in self-defense la

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The Daily Beast

Women are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. prison population, and sexual violence is often at the root of the events that put them behind bars. Women and girls are victimized at all income levels—one in three experiences some form of abuse by

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The Agitator

Last week, James Bain was released from a Florida prison after serving 35 years for a crime he didn’t commit. DNA testing finally cleared Bain of raping a young boy in 1974.

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Reason

In October, Jagels told the Bakersfield Californian that after 26 years in office, he won't be running for reelection in 2010. Good riddance to him. You'd be hard pressed to find a law enforcement official who embodies the worst excesses of America's

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The Agitator

Erick Williamson, the Springfield, Virginia man arrested earlier this year for being naked in his own home was convicted of indecent exposure on Friday. The judge sentenced him to 180 days in jail, but suspended the sentence.

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NY Times

But the appeals court reconsidered the case after a decision in June from the United States Supreme Court that prohibited prosecutors from introducing crime lab reports without testimony from the analysts who prepared them. The appeals court rever

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Photography Is Not a Crime

[His arrest led to the great "Photography Is Not a Crime." In fact it was cited against him at sentencing.] 9 months after filing my appeal, I received notice I was victorious. The fact I prepared my appeal pro se makes the victory that much sweeter.

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New York Times

The New York State Police’s supervision of a crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-thir

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Jackson Free Press OpEd

The JFP reported in 2006 that former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters and his then-assistant district attorney, Bobby DeLaughter, excluded DNA evidence in 1994 that likely would have exonerated Willis of the crime. Maw said she suspected Pete

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AP

A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he didn't commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio after DNA testing showed he was innocent. The conviction of Donald Eugene Ga

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