"If we do not maintain Justice, justice will not maintain us." - Francis Bacon
How Neuroscience Is Changing the Law--Neuroscience is revealing the effect of memory reconsolidation on the accuracy of memory. “Every time we call up a memory, and think about it, we now have a memory of thinking about that memory. And over time those memories can change," say Jones. Neuroscientists are learning about the formation and reformation of neural pathways as memories are recalled, syncing a memory not to a specific time but rather to the intervening period of recall.
Twisted ethics of an expert witness: Stuart Greenberg was: a renowned forensic psychologist and expert witness in child custody issues. His lies and destroyed lives.
The Child Cases: Guilty Until Proved Innocent-- Nearly two dozen cases in the US and CA in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed or biased work by forensic pathologists, and then later cleared. .Many morgues are staffed by doctors who aren't board-certified in forensic pathology. To become certified, doctors need an extra year of training and must pass a test. --A.C. Thompson, Joseph Shapiro, Sandra Bartlett and Chisun Lee
Cheryl Amirault LeFave, who was found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting four children, spent eight years in prison.
The Stephanie Crowe Murder Case -- Stephanie Crowe, 12, was found stabbed to death on her bedroom floor on Jan. 21, 1998. In the weeks to follow her brother, Michael, then 14, and 2 friends, Joshua Treadway and Aaron Houser, were charged with conspiring to kill her. Those charges were dropped before trial in February 1999 after DNA testing found spots of Stephanie's blood on a sweatshirt of a transient seen in the neighborhood the night of the killing. The development forced detectives and prosecutors to start the investigation anew -- and raised questions about the handling of the case.
Michael Jackson Was My Lover by Victor M. Gutierrez
Emmett Louis Till -- How two grown men got by with torturing a 14 year old boy to death and then sold the details of their story for pay.
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The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice grew out of one man’s determination to help others after serving more than eighteen years for a crime he never committed.
Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of his wife's murder in 1954.
Big Town v. Newman, a false imprisonment case argued in a Texas appellate court, is an introduction to how the Socratic method works in a first year Torts Law Law class in law school.
Why Innocent People Confess -- It's not a breakdown of American justice. It's American justice working as designed.
Is Darlie is falsely accused, or a murderer? The writ of habeas corpus filed July 12, 2002, requests her conviction be overturned and includes new evidence from the defense. Everyone wants to know how Rowlett's Darlie Routier could have brutally stabbed her kids. Precious Angels: A Shocking Crime -- Precious Angels: Mom Tried For Murder
American Justice: Mother on Death Row
On May 22, 1992, Jack Wilson, 55, a wealthy, well-known ophthalmologist in Huntsville, AL, was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat and a knife inside his home. His wife, Betty Wilson, and her twin sister, Peggy Lowe, were accused of hiring con man James White, who claims they hired him to kill Wilson for $5,000.
Double Jeopardy -- There is no mystery about who killed Brenda Shaefer. Everyone in Louisville, Ky. knows that Mel Ignatow did it. The mystery is why Ignatow is still a free man.Getting Away With Murder-American Justice -- A case study in how the double jeopardy law sometimes helps criminals escape punishment. Melvin Ignatow was acquitted of the brutal murder of his girlfriend when key photographic evidence could not be found. Later, the photos were discovered, but Ignatow couldn't be retried for murder, though he was sentenced to five years for perjury.
In 1988 in Washington state, Stella Nickell was convicted of killing her husband Bruce, and Sue Snow, a bank manager, by putting cyanide in Excedrin capsules. The crime was chillingly similar to the Chicago Tylenol murders 4 years earlier where 7 people died in that case, which was never solved.
Louis Taylor has been in jail since he was 16, convicted of setting the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire in Tucson, Arizona., which claimed the lives of 28 people. New information uncovered raises questions about his guilt.
Boston -- The FBI knowingly participated in a conspiracy to send Joseph Salvati, an innocent man to prison for 32 years, wrongly convicted of murder to protect Mafia murderers who were FBI informants. This has so incensed the chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform Dan Burton, R-I nd., he has vowed to keep investigating the FBI for more such injustices despite being denied access to subpoenaed FBI documents by an executive order imposed by President Bush.
For 20 years, Joyce Gilchrist has examined crime scenes, looking for clues linking suspects to evidence. Often, her testimony in court meant the difference between innocence and guilt. DNA testing in old criminal cases is doing more than freeing dozens of innocent people from prison. It is also pointing the finger of blame at a legal system that has sometimes relied on bad science, and gotten bad results.
Eyewitness identifications are often inaccurate but convincing to juries, regardless of their veracity. One of the most powerful forms of evidence a prosecutor can deploy is a witness, who will point to the defendant in court and say, "That's the man who did it." Juries often believe such witnesses contrary to other evidence.
Family Accused: The Amiraults' Story-- Fells Acres Daycare Center in Malden, Mass -- September of 1984 -- In an effort to protect children against sexual abuse, investigators used controversial methods of interrogating children. Later, fears that people were wrongfully implicated led to reviews of some cases.
"McMartin" was one of the first Multi-Victim Multi-Offender (MVMO) child abuse cases. At 6 years duration, it was the longest US criminal trial in history. At a cost to the state of $15 million, it was the most expensive. No convictions were obtained. It has become the most famous case of its type.
How easy is it to implant false memories in children? -- Memory researchers who study children's memories have found that ideas and memories can be easily implanted.
False memory syndrome -- As women bring lawsuits, therapists are having to pay for their mistakes.
The Newsletter of the Australian False Memory Association
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers NACDL -- Advancing US criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or misconduct. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACD is committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system.
50States Project -- An independent investigation of the conduct of legislators in every state. The 50States Project examines the workings of our nation's legislatures - uncovering abuses of the public's trust.
Do we invent our moral absolutes in order to make society workable? Either ethical principles, such as justice and human rights, are independent of human experience, or they are human inventions. 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly
Rebiya Kadeer, Prisoner of Conscience -- A successful businesswoman jailed for her efforts to publicize discrimination and human rights violations against China's minority.
Mercy for a terrorist? - Who in America today could be associated with a gang that carried out an execution-style murder of a prominent public official and the murder of a pregnant woman during a bank holdup, and then, when arrested, be championed as an "idealist" by church officials, Democratic Party legislators, columnists and activist groups?
Criminal Profiler John Philpin Features
The Night Birds by John Philpin -- Three kids. Two bikes. An afternoon in West Memphis, Arkansas, May 5, 1993. The eight-year-old boys — Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore — had miles to ride before they slept. Then something happened. KariSable.com exclusive
JonBenét Ramsey Case Umbrella of Suspicion -- Before we totally trash the Boulder PD theory of the crime, we must lay a foundation. Parents, other family members, and close friends or acquaintances of the family account for ninety percent of the homicides of young children. Investigations of these murders typically begin at center with the parents and move outward in concentric circles examining the other likely offenders. KariSable.com exclusive
Scott Peterson's Trial by Media
The Smoking Gun: Day by Day Through a Shocking Murder Trial with Gerry Spence by Gerry Spence -- From America's foremost criminal defense lawyer and author of the best selling How to Argue and Win Every Time: At Home, at Work, in Court, Everywhere, Every Day comes this true account of a trial that exposes the unrelenting power of the state, which so often crushes those -- guilty or innocent -- who come before the bar of justice. When Sandy Jones and her teenage son were accused of murdering a real estate developer on their hardscrabble Oregon farm, the prosecution had an eyewitness to the shooting and a photograph of Sandy holding a smoking rifle. County officials kept Sandy in jail while they awaited the trial, despite ballistic evidence that suggested she hadn't fired the fatal shot. The case erupted into an epic struggle between Sandy -- who was poor, different, and a woman -- and the "good old boys" of Lincoln County, Oregon, who held all the power. Though the Joneses' guilt seemed clear to the county and the prosecution, Gerry Spence, renowned for his work on the cases of Karen Silkwood and Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, took the case pro bono and the courtroom battle exploded into three years of intensely moving jury trials, recounted here from the record of the case. The Smoking Gun is relevant today, when our rights are being eroded and when the average American, even if innocent, is hard-pressed to obtain a fair trial.
Mumia Abu-jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? (1996) Joins the likes of The Thin Blue Line.
Bad Judgment -- They are sworn to uphold the law, and given stunning power over people's lives. But as charges of bias, corruption and incompetence erupt in headlines across the nation, the integrity of judges and the legal system is called into question. Are bad judges the exception to the rule or do they represent serious flaws in the system? Former New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, has become the symbol of judicial misconduct. Wachtler tells his side of the story, while reporters and state officials trace the revelations that led to Wachtler's downfall. See why it is so difficult to crack down on bad judges, and meet people they victimized. And officials from Americans for Legal Reform and The Center for Judicial Accountability reveal the shocking extent of this problem.
The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Daniel L. Schacter -- When we focus our attention on one aspect of our surroundings, we draw attention away from others: If you were watching a circle of people passing a basketball and someone dressed in a gorilla costume walked through the circle, beat his chest, and exited, you would notice him immediately. Researchers filmed such a scene and showed it to people asked to track the movement of the ball by counting the passes made by one team. About half the participants failed to notice the gorilla. Schacter weaves clinical stories and frontline research. Recent advances in brain imaging have boosted his field and yielded discoveries.
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