The Bluhm Blog, published by Northwestern Law School, discusses clinical education, justice, and legal reform. Steven Drizin, the author of this blog, is a Clinical Professor at Northwestern Law School where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is also the Assistant Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, and since March 2004, has been serving as the Legal Director of the Clinic’s renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions.
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ADDENDUM: On November 16, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Paul Biebel granted the motion to vacate of all four defendants in the Englewood case: Vincent Thames, Terrill Swift, Michael Saunders, and Harold Richardson. The Charles Johnson case has been...ADDENDUM: On November 16, Cook...
In her new book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America, Ann Coulter riffs on the Central Park Jogger case and uses the case as a prime example of how liberals, especially those "Innocence Project defense style lawyers" undermine... In her new book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is...
Sarah Burns In June of 2002, I read an article in the New York Times stating that the NYPD was opening a reinvestigation of the Central Park Jogger case. The reinvestigation was prompted by a claim by Matias Reyes, a... Sarah Burns In June of 2002, I read an article in the New York...
Center on Wrongful Convictions client Randy Steidl leads the charge toward abolition of the death penalty for all, while awaiting his personal justice from the Governor
RANDY STEIDL (Chicago Tribune photo) Yesterday, on the eight-year anniversary of the mass commutation of 167 Illinois death sentences by former Governor George Ryan, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. Assuming current Governor... RANDY STEIDL...
JIM SACIA There are numerous false confession cases where innocent defendants confessed to crimes they did not commit after being threatened by interrogators with the death penalty. Such threats of harm almost always lead courts to suppress any resulting confessions... JIM SACIA There are numerous...
My last blog discussed how the effort to exonerate civil rights icon Clyde Kennard has paid unexpected dividends for other Mississippi exonerees who have either died or served their sentences and thus are ineligible for relief under Mississippi's post-conviction statutes....My last blog discussed...
CLYDE KENNARD LARRY RUFFIN Several years ago, I was blessed to have played a role in the exoneration of civil rights icon Clyde Kennard, a man who was framed for a burglary he did not commit after he persisted in... CLYDE...
Justice for the West Memphis Three? Issue of Juror Misconduct is Game-Changer In Arkansas Supreme Court
Just returned from a star-studded concert for the West Memphis Three in Little Rock, Arkansas. For those who may not know of the WM3, check out www.wm3.org and http://www.freewestmemphis3.org, two of the best websites in the business, to educate yourselves...Just returned from a star-studded...
More From Arkansas: WM3 are not the only Arkansas boys to have been wrongfully convicted based on false confessions
My trip to Little Rock for the WM3 benefit was my third or fourth trip to that city and the third case involving a juvenile who was pressured into confessing to a crime he did not commit. Let me tell...My trip to Little Rock for the WM3 benefit was my third or fourth trip to that city and the third...
Henry Paul Koh I recently was asked to do an interview with a Korean television station about the Jerry Hobbs case. During the course of the interview, the interviewer spoke with me about another case she was investigating -- the...Henry Paul KohI recently was asked to do an interview with a Korean...