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by Edmond Geary

Murder conviction reversed, based on evidence of a hand-written note

Mark Jensen, who was convicted in Wisconsin of first degree murder for poisoning his wife, has won the appeal of his conviction.  The U.S. Seventh Circuit of Appeals based its decision on evidence of a note written by his deceased wife.  The hand-written note from Julie Jensen read, “if anything happens to me, he would…

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by Edmond Geary

Texas executed man who should not have been convicted

Texas executed a man whom DNA now shows should not have been convicted.  Claude Jones is the second man Texas has executed this year whose convicted was called into question by DNA tests results-after he was executed. Jones was executed 10 years ago.  As his execution approached, his lawyers implored then-Governor George W. Bush to…

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by Edmond Geary

The problem with proving Driving Influence of Drugs

Ten years ago in Ben Wheeler, Texas, Candice Anderson had an accident, losing control of her car and crashing it into a tree.  Her fiancé was killed in the accident.  Because she had in her system a trace quantity of the anxiety drug, Xanax, she was prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide.  Investigators could not determine…

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by Edmond Geary

Exonerations continue to grow, and in an unexpected type/area

The number of those proven to have been wrongly convicted continues to grow. As the number grows, doubts must grow about the reliability of our system of justice. There were 87 exonerations in the United States in 2013, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. By state, the highest numbers of falsely convicted prisoners were…

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by Edmond Geary

Michael Skakel and the American Rights to a Fair Trial

Everyone believes Americans have a right to a fair trial.  Included in the right to a fair trial is the particular right to be effectively represented, to be represented by competent counsel. It is a right under the 6th amendment.  As a constitutional right, when violated, the remedy must be substantial. Michael Skakel just received…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Lineup Procedures Long Overdue

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has recently ordered an overhaul in the procedures judges and juries use to treat evidence from a police lineup.  Police have always resisted encroachment on their own rules for lineups. The Court recognized decades of research that shows the traditional procedures used for lineups have problems.  The result has been that…

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by Edmond Geary

Setting a Value on Justice System in Oklahoma

A recent study has put some values on the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.  The system is expensive and not very effective, consultants from the nonprofit Council of State Governments’ Justice System have urged in their preliminary report. House of Representatives Speaker Kris Steele has moderated a presentation in three cities to date, Lawton, Enid…

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by Edmond Geary

Burden of a Conviction in Job-Seeking

More Americans than ever before are seeking jobs as they are released from prison.  As public awareness grows that prisons are too crowded and stiffer sentences and increased enforcement of nonviolent crimes is costing the taxpayers too much, those being released carry their criminal histories in their search for jobs. Nearly 65 million Americans have…

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