News 05.01.09

Friday Roundup: Reviewing Injustice

New York’s chief judge announced today that the state’s Court of Appeals is creating a task force to review exoneration cases and recommend possible reforms to prevent injustice.

Here’s more coverage since we posted earlier today

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Texas has a similar judicial task force, and representatives are seeking to create a more robust panel in the legislature

named after exoneree Timothy Cole

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North Carolina has another kind of task force to investigate possible wrongful convictions. The state’s House of Representatives this week voted to expand the group’s reach –

giving it power to force witnesses to testify

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A proposed law in Colorado to repeal the death penalty and use resources to instead investigate cold cases in the state

made progress in the Senate today but still faced an uncertain future

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Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto will host

a conference on forensic evidence in criminal proceedings and avoiding wrongful convictions

next Saturday, May 9.

A conference today in Dallas brought together exonerees for

a discussion of the challenges of life after exoneration

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Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck and exoneree Jerry Miller spoke today at the

GEL Conference

in New York City. And exoneree

William Dillion spoke about his case

and the need for reforms yesterday in Wellington, Florida.

And an article in the Missourian checked in with

Josh Kezer

, who was freed two months ago when new evidence pointed to his innocence.

 

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