A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier from Washington state who is challenging his court-martial conviction at the Supreme Court faces long odds, as the high court rarely second-guesses military justice decisions.
In the late 1980s, the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigations set the stage for a wave of exonerations in the United States. Armed with this new tool, attorneys and advocacy groups from across the country were able to overturn hundreds of convictions. But in recent years, as the inclusion of DNA evidence in trials has become standard practice, DNA-based exonerations have flatlined. Instead, the exonerations of the future seem to be coming from debunking the use of decades-old, flawed investigative tactics, such as bite mark analysis and forced confessions.
Since 2013, the number of conviction integrity units, a division of a prosecutor’s office that seeks to identify and correct false convictions, has more than doubled, rising from 12 counties to more than 26 across the country. As a result, more people were exonerated in 2015 than in any previous year. And the state leading the way? Texas.
Local prosecutors across the country are creating specialized units to review wrongful conviction claims. But the work done by these units is not always transparent. Many decline to release their policies, to share their findings with the convicted or even to publish their contact information.
Public defense lawyers labored long and hard to free the man charged with killing former intern Chandra Levy. It took more than 40 hearings on the veracity of a key witness to upend their client’s conviction.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments were “highly inappropriate,” says GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, after she called the presidential hopeful a “faker” in her latest interview criticizing him.
The use of a robot to kill a gunman in Dallas is a rare if not unprecedented deployment of a civilian robot for offensive purposes, and it comes as U.S. police and fire agencies increasingly add to their robotic arsenals.
Two days after recommending Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server, FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee on the FBI’s investigation into the case, and the decision to not recommend criminal charges against her.
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