Alton Logan was fully cleared in Chicago
after serving 26 years in prison for a crime another man committed. "This is not a time for anger. This is a joyous time. I've now got my life where I can live again," Logan said.
The U.S. Supreme Court
will hear another case next term
on the limits of prosecutorial misconduct, after issuing ruling this term in
Goldstein v. Van de Kamp
case that a wrongfully convicted man couldn’t sue the former Los Angeles Prosecutor.
We’re continuing to watch crime lab issues closely around the country – from backlogs and budget crunches to shutdowns and allegations of mistakes and misconduct.
Officials in Detroit say the shuttered crime lab is
causing a public safety problem and lengthening criminal investigations
. The lab was closed a year ago after an audit found a 10 percent error rate in ballistics testing. County Prosecutor Kym Worthy
said this week
that the lab should never again be run by the police department and should instead be managed by state police.
Defense attorneys in Southern Calfornia
called for reviews in thousands of criminal convictions
after a former technician admitted to falsifying lab reports.
Meanwhile, the Mesa, Arizona crime lab
has cleared up its backlog
Following last week’s report on failing indigent defense systems from the Constitution Project came reports this week that public defense is near its breaking point. A column in New York
tied wrongful convictions to inadequate defense
and public defenders in
are seeking to put a limit on caseloads.
Wrongfully convicted individuals continued speaking around the country about their cases –
Kirk Bloodsworth and Darryl Hunt spoke in upstate New York
and Johnny Savory, who was cleared last year in Illinois,
spoke to students at Northwestern