of Criminal Investigation and prosecutor Ken Kratz that reminds one of turning on a light and seeing roaches scramble for cover. These tactics worked in neighboring Outagamie County (Appleton) where Ken Hudson was convicted of murdering a jogger with a knife purchased a day later by police. Of all the shockers in the film , the most disturbing was Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz's press conference on March 2, 2006. "The entire [Avery] family is socially accused: outsiders, troublemakers, feisty, and a little dim.
Those guys were lauded as heroes, for fitting up two people with limited intelligence, by planting evidence and spoon feeding a confession not supported by evidence to a special needs kid. Hudson said the cops poured a bright red substance on him as he sat in the squad car. What one hears amid the chorus of accusers is the malice of the village.
Kussmaul is still in prison, and all four defendants want their innocence to be a matter of record. Prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants are persistent problems in the criminal justice system.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since 1989 there have been 923 exonerations tied to official misconduct by prosecutors, police, or other government officials, 89 of them in cases involving the use of jailhouse snitches.
UPDATE: August 4, 2014 - Cook County DA Anita Alvarez is long on talk but short on remedy with her "Conviction Integrity Unit." A year after Alvarez formed the Conviction Integrity Unit, Papa went before a judge to share its findings on Hood. ’ Journalist Nicholas Schmidle has conducted a better investigation than the Chicago cops or Cook County prosecutors. The Phoenix Fire Department's elite fire investigations unit, once lauded as the most successful arson squad in the country, is being investigated for allegations of misconduct. Following a stunning admission of intentional abuse decades ago at the hands of prosecutors — including one who became a judge and then landed in federal prison for his role in a judicial corruption scandal that rocked the Jefferson Parish courthouse — Reginald Adams walked free on May 12, 2014, exonerated after 34 years behind bars on a murder rap.
He finds the case against Tyrone Hood to be Crime Fiction.. Mike Ames for following the rules and telling the truth. They made arrests in more than half of the fires they said were arson. They conducted shoddy, biased investigations that led to false arson findings, and the arrests of innocent people for crimes that never happened in the first place. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro didn’t stop with a concession that Ronald Bodenheimer and another former prosecutor, Harold “Tookie” Gilbert Jr., deliberately hid a detailed police report in the case in two separate trials. is about a murder conviction and death sentence that unraveled under the force of the truth.
Mark Weiner’s freedom did not come about because the system worked. a basketball star at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, was shot to death in his car in 1993, police zeroed in on Tyrone Hood because his fingerprint was found in trash left in the victim's car, and he lived near the school.
An investigator ostensibly on Brendan’s defense team speaks openly of his distaste for the Avery family tree and says, 'Someone said to me we need to end the gene pool here.'” The Shame of Wisconsin Cato’s Tim Lynch and Shawn Armbrust of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project explore the many troubling unanswered questions that have turned this mundane murder case into a searing indictment of America’s flawed justice system. Another Brooklyn case bites the dust, but only after a quarter century of prosecutors hiding the evidence Ruddy Quezada sought to win a new trial. Quezada, but by the police and prosecutors who went after him. Most death row exonerations can be traced to prosecutor misconduct. State supreme courts, who bear the ultimate responsibility for the conduct they will accept from attorneys, have stood by like indulgent parents, tolerating outrageous behavior and even ruling that others must too. Corrupt Winnebago County, WI prosecutor Joe Paulus has been to prison and released, living on the balmy Gulf Coast and enjoying life.
But wait -- the most recent DNA evidence determined that the semen found on Curdy’s girdle excluded Harris – and instead matched another man in the CODIS database. In 1994, Richard Bryan Kussmaul, James Edward Long, Michael Dewayne Shelton and James Wayne Pitts Jr.
Those convictions would likely have not been possible but for the testimony of a forensic lab manager who, it turns out, cheated on his certification test. were charged with the 1992 rape of 17-year-old Leslie Murphy and her murder and that of 14-year-old Stephen Neighbors.
Over the last two years, a scandal involving both has engulfed Orange County, California, exposing systemic violation of defendants’ constitutional rights and calling into question the legality of the prosecution of a number of violent felony cases. In 1982, in Newport News, VA, a young man in a sailor's uniform broke into a local home, beat a man to death, then spent hours raping his wife while their three small children slept in the next room.
What makes the Orange County situation particularly troubling is its eerie similarity to another such scandal that unfolded just miles to the north, in Los Angeles County, starting in the late 1970s, and culminated in an exhaustive grand jury report that detailed widespread misuse and abuse of criminal informants and revealed questionable prosecutorial tactics, potentially in more than 200 cases. Keith Harward was convicted based on bite mark evidence sworn to by two dentists, and his identification by a security guard who police had hypnotized first.
Disciplining or firing miscreants may be necessary, but it's not enough: It doesn't address the root causes of fearful culture and bad incentives..