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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

Police Officers Convicted in Murders during Hurricane Katrina

A total twenty present or former New Orleans police officers have been charged last year with civil rights violations arising out of police misconduct during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Federal court in New Orleans saw the jury bring verdicts against the first five to go trial last December.  Of those, three were convicted while…

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by Edmond Geary

New Jersey prohibits executions

The State of New Jersey last December became the first state to abolish the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 allowed states to impose the death sentence.  The legislature enacted the measure after a special state commission recommended the abolition a year before. New Jersey has not executed since 1963.  After the…

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by Edmond Geary

Withdrawal of Plea Denied by Colorado Judge

Joel Stoval filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in Freemont County District Court in Canon City, Colorado.  He had pled guilty to first degree murder in 2001 shootout which left a deputy sheriff dead and another police officer paralyzed. District Judge Julie Marshal denied the motion to withdraw the plea,  She said Stoval’s…

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