News 12.17.10

Friday Roundup: Convictions Tossed Out


A California judge tossed out the conviction of Maurice Caldwell

, who has served 21 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. Prosecutors said they are deciding whether to retry Caldwell, a client of the Northern California Innocence Project.

Meanwhile,

another California judge ruled that “voluminous” evidence of prosecutorial misconduct

led her to overturn the murder conviction of Caramad Conley, who has served 18 years behind bars.

A California woman is caught in legal limbo years after her conviction for

allegedly murdering her infant grandson was overturned

. She says the baby’s death was an accident.

Three months after being cleared of rape and murder by DNA evidence,

a Mississippi grand jury decided not to indict Bobby Ray Dixon, Phillip Bivens and Larry Ruffin

.

A Las Vegas woman convicted twice of the same murder, despite an absence of physical evidence linking her to the crime,

maintains her innocence

.

Crime suspects being interrogated by New York City Police can now be

recorded by hidden cameras

.

The Sun Sentinel profiled four Floridians who fight to free the innocent, including the Innocence Project of Florida’s intake coordinator, who

opens 1,000 letters of innocence claims each year

in order to determine if the organization can provide assistance.

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