Friday Roundup: Compensation and Law Enforcement Training


Wayne County, MI and the city of Houston will receive grants from the US Department of Justice to

study untested rape kits


The Palmetto Innocence Project of South Carolina sponsored a free seminar for South Carolina law enforcement officials, prosecutors and other legal professionals last Friday to

review advancements in identification methods and recording of interrogations


Scott Pierpont was exonerated in North Carolina in January after spending nearly 18 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit and was

denied his request for a formal pardon of innocence

, which would entitle him to $750,000 in compensation.

Exoneree Jeffrey Deskovic

received a $6.5 million settlement with Westchester County, NY

in a federal-civil rights lawsuit earlier this week.

University of Virginia Law School professor Brandon Garrett published the

second installment of his Slate series on wrongful convictions

. His first installment – covered by the Innocence Blog

earlier this week

– focuses on the issue of eyewitness identification. The second addresses false confessions, using the case of Innocence Project client Frank Sterling as its central example.

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