A red hat with the victim’s blood and the defendant’s sweat was key to the prosecution’s case against Kareem Johnson. Mr. Johnson was convicted and sentenced to death; he spent the next 9 years of his life on death row. Then, his defense team gained access to the original DNA report and learned that the red hat had no blood on it at all! The Prosecutor claimed that he (along with the lead investigators) “misread the report” and then made a series of “mistakes,” but such a series of calamitous errors seems unlikely. ACCR’s brief urges the Supreme Court to recognize the prosecution’s abhorrent misconduct as intentional and bar retrial for Mr. Johnson on double jeopardy grounds.Read More
While life sentences actually mean what they say, death sentences in Pennsylvania have no connection to actual executions.Read More
Marc Bookman takes a broad look at the essentiality of fairness in the courtroom, even in a case where it isn't convenient.Read More
Read how Brenda Andrews (pictured above) is sentenced to death in Oklahoma. Hint: it's got less to do with her culpability, and lots more to do with her thong collection and bedside reading material.Read More
In the early 1990s, the police arrested three men for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s taken more than 25 years for justice to be served.