Archive for July, 2011

Justice for Anthony Powell

Yesterday afternoon Jerry Dixon pled guilty to three rapes, including a brutal Roxbury rape for which Anthony Powell was wrongly convicted. Powell was 12 years into his 20-year sentence when he was exonerated with help from the New England Innocence Project. Powell was present during yesterday’s plea hearing at Suffolk Superior Court but declined to …

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Massachusetts Senate to Debate DNA Access Bill

This afternoon the Massachusetts State Senate will consider Senate Bill 1987 allowing inmates access to DNA testing. The formal session starts at 1pm. Betty Anne Waters and NEIP Executive Director Gretchen Bennett will be recognized by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem from the floor of the senate for their work in support of DNA testing that …

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Justice After 20 Years

In 1992, a teenage girl was kidnapped at knifepoint as she waited for a bus. The assailant raped her and then demanded that she come to a nearby skating rink the following night with $100. The next night, a suspect was picked up from the skating rink, positively identified by the young woman, and charged …

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FRONTLINE Investigates How Emerging Science Threatens the Validity of Convictions Based on Shaken Baby Syndrome

FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR recently teamed up to examine cases of child deaths ruled to be murders. In the half hour segment that aired on FRONTLINE, investigators looked into more than two dozen cases where caregivers were initially suspected of murder, only to later have their convictions overturned. One of the main causes leading to …

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