Tag: False Arrests, Convictions and Imprisonments

Falsely Imprisoned for 23 Years: Now He’s Received $7 Million

Twenty years ago, Derrick Hamilton was at his lowest point: locked in solitary confinement for a murder he insisted he did not commit. Over the next two decades, he slowly crawled his way out of the belly of the beast. He became a jailhouse lawyer, helping his fellow inmates appeal their convictions. Twenty-three years later, […]

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He Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for 36 Years. Now He’s Onstage at the Apollo.

Weather: Brr! A brisk and breezy but mostly sunny start to the weekend, with a high near 40 degrees and a low in the 20s tonight. In the low 40s again on Saturday, but not so cold overnight, and it’ll reach the 50s on Sunday. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Veterans Day). ImageCredit…Sameer A.K. […]

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Texas Plans to Execute Rodney Reed, Despite New Evidence

The case of a man who is set to be put to death in Texas later this month has drawn high-profile attention from celebrities, after several people came forward with new testimony throwing his conviction into doubt. Rodney Reed, 51, is scheduled for execution on Nov. 20 for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in […]

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When Poor People Are Beaten for Seeking Help

Ronald Purnell struggled for breath in the doorway of a city welfare office on West 14th Street, begging for help as officers kicked him and beat him with batons. His oxygen tank lay just out of reach. “I can’t breathe!” Mr. Purnell heaved. “I need my oxygen!” Mr. Purnell, 58, hadn’t been accused of any […]

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Interrogation Company Insists That ‘When They See Us’ Got It Wrong

In “When They See Us,” a Netflix series that dramatizes the Central Park jogger case, five black and Hispanic teenage boys are interrogated by investigators in scenes that show them bewildered, scared and alone. In the show, as in reality, the boys make statements under pressure, implicating themselves and one another in the brutal rape […]

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Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ Seeks Clemency in Wisconsin

Brendan Dassey was 17 years old when he was convicted of helping his uncle murder and sexually assault Teresa Halbach, a photographer, in a Wisconsin salvage yard. He was 26 when the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” made that case — and the concerns about how it was handled — a global sensation. Now, weeks […]

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Wrongly Convicted, They Had to Choose: Freedom or Restitution

PHILADELPHIA — Outside of Jimmy Dennis’s house, on a quiet block, it was one of those perfect summer days. But Mr. Dennis preferred to stay inside, behind drawn shades, where there was little risk anyone would misinterpret what he was up to. Twenty-five years on death row can do that to a man. Since being […]

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‘You’re a Bad Police Officer’: Official Confronts Deputy at Awards Ceremony

The first time that officials in a southern Florida city publicly commended county deputies for their exemplary work turned out to be memorable — but not for the reasons leaders had intended. In Tamarac, Fla., about 15 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, city commissioners started their meeting in the City Hall chambers on Wednesday with […]

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Stormy Daniels Reaches $450,000 Settlement Over 2018 Strip Club Arrest

Stormy Daniels, the pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he became president, reached a $450,000 settlement on Friday with the City of Columbus, Ohio, after suing over her arrest at a strip club in July 2018. The arrest made headlines across the country, raising questions about whether […]

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A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — “For 23 years, I was a jailhouse lawyer,” said Calvin Duncan, a former inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. “That was my assigned job.” He had a 10th-grade education, and he was serving a life sentence for murder. The prison paid him 20 cents an hour to help his fellow prisoners […]

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Videotape All Police Interrogations

Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” is a docudrama about the 1989 Central Park jogger case in which five innocent teenage boys were wrongfully convicted of a brutal assault. In the film, the scenes depicting four of the young men being badgered into giving false confessions are hard to watch. Yet they do not depict […]

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Hamid Hayat’s 2006 Terrorism Conviction Is Overturned

A federal judge on Tuesday overturned the 2006 conviction of a California man accused of training in a Pakistani terrorist camp and lying to the F.B.I. about it, undoing a case once heralded by federal prosecutors after the Sept. 11 attacks as a proactive victory against terrorism. The man, Hamid Hayat, 35, was sentenced in […]

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I’m a Republican and I Oppose Restarting Federal Executions

A long-held stereotype is that conservatives in this country favor capital punishment, while liberals oppose it. But that doesn’t accord with reality: In recent years, more conservatives have come to realize that capital punishment conflicts irreconcilably with their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Many conservatives also recognize that the death penalty […]

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The Jury Said He Killed Her Daughter. She Helped Clear His Name.

Carol Dodge’s daughter had been killed, and a man had been convicted. But years later, still fixated on the case, she was poring over 30 hours of interrogation videos when it hit her that he could not be guilty. What she saw on tape was not at all what she had envisioned when she heard […]

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Why Justice Stevens Turned Against the Death Penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens struck an important blow against the modern death penalty 17 years ago in a Supreme Court decision barring capital punishment for intellectually disabled people. In his majority opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Stevens said the “cognitive and behavioral impairments” of the intellectually disabled made them “less morally culpable” and put […]

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He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization

Last week, Michael L. Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was H.I.V. positive in a racially charged case that reignited calls to re-examine laws that criminalize H.I.V. exposure, walked out of the Boonville Correctional Center in Missouri 25 years earlier than expected. Mr. Johnson, 27, was […]

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A ‘Dark Lord’ Falls in Russia’s Growing Power Struggle

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — A veteran law enforcement official, the head of the regional branch of Russia’s version of the F.B.I., acquired such a fearsome reputation in the southern Russian city formerly known as Stalingrad that when he walked into a local restaurant last summer, the other customers got up and left. “Within a few minutes, […]

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Amanda Knox, Tearful and Angry, Speaks in Italy, Years After Murder Acquittal

MODENA, Italy — When Amanda Knox, the American whose murder trial had riveted the world, landed at Linate Airport in Milan on Thursday, she immediately engaged in a familiar and uneasy tango with the news media. Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Ms. Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. She had […]

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When We Kill

“I hereby sentence you to death.” The words of Judge Clifford B. Shepard filled the courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 27, 1976. Shepard was sentencing Clifford Williams Jr., whom a jury had just found guilty of entering a woman’s house with a spare key entrusted to him and then shooting her dead from the […]

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Amanda Knox Returns to Italy for First Time Since Her Acquittal

Amanda Knox, the American woman whose sensational murder case in Italy slalomed from conviction to her ultimate acquittal, returned on Thursday to the country where it all started. A flurry of reporters greeted her in Milan when she arrived at the airport. It was the first time that Ms. Knox had traveled to Italy since […]

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Elizabeth Lederer, Prosecutor of Central Park Five, Resigns From Columbia Law

ImageThe prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer leaving criminal court at the lunch break, after presenting her summation in the Central Park jogger case.CreditNancy Siesel/The New York Times Elizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor in the Central Park jogger case, which resulted in the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino boys, said on Wednesday that she would not […]

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