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Wrongful Convictions Archive



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

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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by Edmond Geary

Illinois bans the Death Penalty

The State of Illinois has abolished the death penalty.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill passed by the legislature in January.  At the same time, he commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners sitting on death row.  Their sentences were commuted to life without parole. Quinn was elected governor in 2009.  During the campaign for…

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by Edmond Geary

DEA Agent & Drug Conspiracy Part 2

Former federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives agent Brandon McFadden is in jail, having pled guilty to conspiracy to a drug conspiracy and reportedly telling a federal grand jury how he and Tulsa Police Officers broke the law with him.  Ryan Logsdon, the informant McFadden and Police Officer Jeff Henderson used to convict father…

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