Friday Roundup: Hearings on the Horizon
A federal appeals court
granted review this week
in the case of Innocence Project client Kevin Siehl. Innocence Project attorneys are seeking DNA testing on a washcloth, knife and cigarette butt from the scene of a murder for which Siehl says he was wrongfully convicted.
The Detroit Free Press reported on
the case of Temujin Kensu
, who has served more than two decades in Michigan prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. His appeals have been repeatedly denied and there’s no biological evidence that could prove his innocence. Six people, however, testified at his trial that he was 400 miles away at the time of the shooting.
A Texas judge
scheduled a two-day hearing
in May in the infamous 1991 “yogurt shop murders” in Austin. New DNA testing on crime scene evidence in the case has revealed profiles that exclude two men in prison for the murders, which they say they didn’t commit.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch checked in with recent exonerees and found that
the path to restoring lost lives after exoneration is a difficult one
A crime lab employee in upstate New York was fired for
allegedly falsifying documents and failing to follow lab procedures
. Reason Magazine continued its coverage of
a case of possible forensic misconduct
in Mississippi. An Ohio coroner said
crimes are going unsolved
because of growing lab backlogs. And an audit found that the Illinois State Police
sat on money intended to reduce the state’s crime lab backlog
The new book “Picking Cotton” continues to garner rave reviews and strong sales. The book is number 20 on the
New York Times bestseller list
, and is number six on Amazon.com’s true crime bestseller list.
But your copy here and a portion of proceeds will go the Innocence Project
Author Dave Eggers
talked to Mother Jones this week about “Surviving Justice,”
a book of first-person stories from exonerees that he edited with Lola Vollen.
And Innocence Project Co-Directors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld will be
awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law
from the University of Virginia next month for their contributions to criminal justice and legal reform.
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