News 11.17.17

This Week in Innocence News – November 17, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Editorial calls for investigation of prosecutor for New Jersey men’s wrongful conviction
An editorial by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger calls for the prosecutor who helped convict Innocence Project client Eric Kelley and Centurion client Ralph Lee to be removed from the case and investigated by the state. The Star-Ledger

Arkansas police department uses science to strengthen criminal investigations
The Hope Police Department in Arkansas is joining efforts with researcher and expert in human memory Dr. James Lampinen from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville to establish best practices for eyewitness identification procedures in police investigations. The Hempstead Herald

New Orleans man ordered released after more than seven years awaiting trial
Kevin Smith, who has spent nearly eight years in jail awaiting trial on a drug charge, was ordered released after an appeals court ruled that prosecutors violated his right to a speedy trial. The Advocate

Man on Arkansas death row asks for new testing of DNA evidence
At a hearing on Wednesday, Stacey Johnson, who was sentenced to death in 1994 for murder, asked for new testing of DNA evidence which he says should prove his innocence. The Pine Bluff Commercial
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