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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Exonerations in 2014

Please allow me to draw your attention to this article via the Huffington post, entitled, “Exonerations Of The Wrongfully Convicted Hit Record High In The US In 2014”.
This is great news and, as the writer points out,

“Of the total known exonerations in 2014, more than half were obtained at the initiative or with the cooperation of law enforcement - the highest number in a single year, the report found. Most of these were the work of "conviction integrity units" set up by prosecutors to review questionable cases.

A large percentage of these exonerations were out of Houston, thanks to what appears to be the ongoing fuckwittery of the Houston Crime Lab. Numerous drug cases have been and continue to be overturned. I may post up a letter to Harris County’s Post Conviction Review unit in the coming weeks, although we have heard from them before. http://www.spmaftermath.com/2011/09/post-conviction-writ-review.html

Although these units rely primarily on DNA evidence to overturn cases, there are a few that were decided because of coerced confessions and recanting witnesses. My hope is that by more closely examining the case and the investigative methods, which Harris County refuses to reveal, something like this can shake loose in Coy’s case.

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