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The Marshall Project has a new article written by Lorea Gillespie, an investigator with The New England Innocence Project.  She talks about what it takes to hunt down witnesses for a case 23 years old.

As I virtually pass by each house on Google Maps Street View, I grow increasingly disheartened.

I’ve been in Orlando for almost two days now, and I’m worried that I’m not going to find this witness — and this witness is huge. She’s the only person who may have seen the 1989 murder I’m working on.

I’m an investigator with The New England Innocence Project, and we believe that our client, JIMMY1, is innocent, even though he was convicted 23 years ago.

I’ve spent hours driving back and forth across this city, trying dozens of addresses. Each time, I run back to my hotel room, get on the computer, and use my locations program to find more options. I try old neighbors, old roommates, old friends — anyone I can find.

No matter who I talk to, though, no one can help me. “Yeah, so-and-so lived here about a year ago, but I don’t know where she’s at now.”

Another door closes in my face.

Read the rest here.

 

1.  NTSB CONCLUDES THERE IS NO EVIDENCE AMTRAK ENGINEER WAS USING PHONE IN DEADLY DERAILMENT (CNN)

2.  LATINO LIVES MATTER TOO: AMILCAR PEREZ-LOPEZ (RIGHT) WAS UNARMED WHEN HE WAS SHOT BY POLICE (Guardian)  |  CNN OP-ED

3.  NO BAIL, NO HOPE — INNOCENT MAN HELD FOR 3 YEARS WITHOUT A TRIAL COMMITS SUICIDE (Marshall Project)

4.  YOU’RE ALL OUT! POLICE AND PROSECUTORS GET CAUGHT MANIPULATING EVIDENCE IN CA DEATH PENALTY CASE (Slate)

5.  BALTIMORE POLICE FINALLY SPEAK OUT ON SOARING MURDER NUMBERS, RIOTS, AND THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY (RIGHT) (CNN)

6.   FBI UNCOVERS MORE ERRORS MADE IN CRIMINAL CASES SINCE 1999 THIS TIME IT’S THE DNA DATABASE (Innocence Project/Washington Post)

7.  AFTER LETHAL INJECTION: A HISTORICAL LOOK AT EXECUTION METHODS (Marshall Project)

8.  ALFRED BROWN BECOMES TEXAS’ 4TH EXONEREE THIS YEAR (Innocence Project)

9.  FORMER WASHINGTON COP ARRESTED IN COLD CASE HOMICIDE MAY ALSO BE A RAPIST AND SERIAL KILLER (CBS)

10.  JURORS DISMISSED IN THEATER MASSACRE CASE DUE TO MEDIA EXPOSURE (CBS)

WhenLawyersStumble

Three months after The Marshall Project broke a monumental story on the possible wrongful execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in Texas in 2004 (The Prosecutor and the Snitch), the newly formed investigative journalism group has officially launched its website with another feature story:

Lethal Mix:  Lawyer’s Mistakes and Unforgiving Law.  An investigation into how a 1996 law created a 1-year statute of limitations for appeals which has caused hundreds of inmates to lose the right to a final appeal.  This law has resulted in the execution of 16 people and at least 80 people facing execution have lost their final chance to have their case heard.

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The Project’s report, Death by Deadline, noted, “Some of the lawyers’ mistakes can be traced to their misunderstandings of federal habeas law and the notoriously complex procedures that have grown up around it. Just as often, though, the errors have exposed the lack of care and resources that have long plagued the patchwork system by which indigent death-row prisoners are provided with legal help.”

For example, one lawyer in Alabama was addicted to meth and on probation for public intoxication when he missed the deadline.  Despite his actions, his client suffered.  In Texas, an attorney filed too late and was reprimanded for misconduct, but it didn’t matter in the client’s case and another lawyer was put on probation twice before being state-appointed to a capital case and then unsurprisingly, put on probation two weeks later.

Read the Washington Post story here and the full report here (Part 1, Part 2).