Mass Exoneration Highlights Chicago’s Continuing Failure to Discipline Police

It was a stunning achievement. At one stroke, on November 16th, 15 men falsely accused and convicted of serious crimes had their convictions overturned when mounting and overwhelming evidence demonstrated that their police accusers were themselves criminals who engaged in the serious crimes of framing these men. Later that night, seven alleged corrupt cops were… Read More

Indiana Man Exonerated Through State’s First Gubernatorial Pardon Based on Innocence Sues Cops Who Framed Him

Keith Cooper’s case drew national attention as then-Governor Mike Pence pandered to his “alt-right” base by refusing to pardon a wrongfully convicted black man. His successor, Governor Holcomb, pardoned Cooper within four weeks of entering office. November 6, 2017 – Today the first person in Indiana history to win a gubernatorial pardon based upon actual… Read More

Criminalizing the Opposition to Police Shootings

In a disturbing, anti-democratic combination, the federal government is simultaneously trying to bury the number of police shootings happening around the country while criminalizing opposition to this violence. How have we reached a point where the government so blatantly flouts democratic norms? The Guardian reports that the government’s “effort” to document police shootings of civilians… Read More

A Price Tag for Voting Rights

Much of our country’s political upheaval is based on an often correct belief that our government fails to work for anyone but the rich and powerful. The criminal justice system is part of that problem. It has found many ways to criminalize the lack of wealth or a six figure income—from local police smacking people with hefty… Read More

The Injustice of the Arpaio Pardon

Every quarter, we offer a wrongful conviction roundup, recounting a sample of hard fought exonerations over the past three months. Typically, the post is a celebration of the quarter’s newly innocent and a description of their challenging journeys to exoneration. This quarter, however, with a Department of Justice that is anti-justice and an administration that steadily assaults civil… Read More

Unequal Justice

Our system of unequal justice was on further display last week in St. Louis, where police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was accused of chasing Mr. Smith for three miles, shooting him without provocation, and then planting a gun in Mr. Smith’s car. A recording device inside… Read More

Wrongfully Imprisoned Suburban Day Care Worker Sues Those Who Fixed Murder Case Against Her

Jennifer Del Prete wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade thanks to junk “science,” suppression of evidence to convict her in phony daycare abuse scare ROMEOVILLE, IL – A woman who was the victim of a sensationalist scare about alleged predatory daycare workers a decade ago is suing Romeoville police and “experts” who fabricated scientific findings… Read More

White Supremacists Uncloaked

Many of us watch in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and racists come out of the woodwork to march. Why is our country not better than this? We inherit many original sins from our founders, but why do KKK members now find it safe to stop hiding their faces in hoods? Why are the racists now… Read More

The Victims of the Patriot Act

Since its establishment in 2001, civil rights groups have been up in arms about the Patriot Act.  Though its aim is to bolster efforts to investigate terrorism, its broad reach and ambiguous language led many to worry that warrantless wiretaps and detention without charge could be used and abused by the American government. While others… Read More