News 05.20.11

Friday Roundup: False Confessions and Flawed Forensics

Two New Orleans men who were wrongfully convicted in 1976

will finally receive compensation

.

District Attorneys in North Carolina don’t want

false confession cases

reviewed by the state’s Innocence Commission.

Another lawsuit is being filed against former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge by a man who claims he falsely confessed to murder after being

tortured

by Burge.

A former Wisconsin policeman maintains his innocence in

fatal arson case

as expert questions flawed forensics. 

A Kansas City judge ordered post-conviction DNA testing on evidence from a 1987 sodomy case that hinged on

hairs found in the victim’s underwear

resembling that of the accused.

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