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Wrongful Convictions 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

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

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

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

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

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

Another wrongful conviction , but this time without DNA proof

Another conviction has been found out to be false, but this time DNA did not prove it false. This time, the proof, after the passage of time and upon closer examination, just fell apart. As usual, the false conviction resulted from corrupt police work.  This was helped along by a prosecutor who turned a blind…

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