Friday Roundup: Police Misconduct, Recording Interrogations and a New Latin American Innocence Project


A Virginia man convicted of rape in 1997 is

hoping to have his conviction overturned

based on a detective’s history of police misconduct.

An editorial in the Hartford Courant

argues that electronic recording of interrogations should be mandatory


Florida prosecutors are trying to delay a murder trial to

prevent eyewitness testimony

because they believe eyewitness identification hasn’t reached the scientific level required to be admitted in court.

The National Institute of Justice

gave more than $1 million

to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to study handwriting characteristics and bloodstain patterns, two forms of fairly subjective evidence,

according to the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report


California Western School of Law is launching


, the first Latin American Innocence Project, focused on the release of the wrongfully convicted and reforming laws that lead to wrongful conviction.

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