News 12.02.11

Friday Roundup: Criminal Justice Reform

An op-ed by Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom that addresses

New York’s hesitation to enact laws and policies

to prevent wrongful convictions appeared in Newsday.

A Montana judge granted a new trial in the

case of Barry Beach

, who has served 27 years for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

The Kentucky Supreme Court

threw out the conviction of a Texas man

and reopened the case because the prosecutor failed to tell the defense about discrepancies with a key witness’s recollection of events.

A public hearing was held at the  Texas’ capitol, Thursday, to

review the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute’s

(LEMIT) proposed eyewitness identification policy for the state.

Georgia’s governor plans to

sign off on the creation of a permanent Criminal Justice Reform Oversight Council

to study the state’s criminal justice system.

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