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Prosecution Problems Archive



by Edmond Geary

Ex-prosecutor disbarred for withholding death evidence

Charles Sebesta, a former prosecutor in Texas, has been disbarred for withholding evidence in a murder prosecution  years ago.  Sebasta convicted Anthony Graves for the 1992 killing of six people and was sent to death row.  He spent over 12 years on death row until a federal appeals court reversed the conviction in 2006. Graves…

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by Edmond Geary

Prosecution fails again in science

Tainted scientific evidence used for criminal convictions has arrived wholesale in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is hearing arguments about dismissing thousands of convictions that are based on faulty work by a former chemist in the state drug laboratory. She is now serving a prison sentence of three to five…

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by Edmond Geary

Tulsa District Attorney Accused of Cover Up

Twenty years ago in Tulsa a woman was convicted of the murder of her child.  Last year, she filed an application for post conviction relief, challenging the validity of her conviction and was freed last summer based on what was called newly discovered evidence.  Now the question has become whether that evidence of innocence was…

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by Edmond Geary

Federal Agencies Change Policy to Record Interrogations

At long last, federal law enforcement has adopted a policy to record interrogations.  After years of resistance, after years of declining even to openly admitting their policy of not recording, the Department of Justice has announced a new policy to record interrogations.  The policy applies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol,…

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by Edmond Geary

Doubts about Eyewitness Testimony

Historically, eyewitness testimony has been thought to be the very best kind of evidence.  But as any Oklahoma criminal defense attorney will tell you, decades of studies have shown eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time.  The problem is usually that a witness did not get as good a look at the person…

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by Edmond Geary

Crime in Indian Country

There are 33 federally-recognized Native American tribes in Oklahoma, and 310 Indian reservations in the country.  Each tribe legislates and administers its own laws, including criminal laws.  Their laws can punish only up to 3 years for a violation, so for more serious crimes, the tribes send the matter to the federal government for prosecution.  …

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