Tag: False Arrests, Convictions and Imprisonments

Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Is Denied a New Trial by Maryland Court of Appeals

Adnan Syed, whose murder trial was dissected on the hit podcast “Serial,” was denied a new trial on Friday by Maryland’s highest court, which reversed a court decision from last year. Mr. Syed has been serving a life sentence since 2000, when he was convicted of killing Hae Min Lee, […]

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‘Whose Side Are You On?’: Harvard Professor Representing Weinstein Hit With Graffiti, Campus Criticism

The graffiti showed up on the door of a Harvard University building last week: “Our rage is self-defense,” and “Whose side are you on?” The unexpected target was Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., the director of Harvard’s criminal-law clinic and the first African-American to be appointed as a faculty dean. Earlier […]

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Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases

BALTIMORE — Marijuana is officially against the law in Maryland but Baltimore’s top prosecutor said on Tuesday that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases within the city limits, regardless of quantity, and seek to vacate almost 5,000 convictions. The announcement by Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, follows […]

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Jailing the Wrong Man: Mug Shot Searches Persist in New York, Despite Serious Risks

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Inside a police station house in Queens about a year ago, St. Clair Steward insisted he had not been involved in a recent shooting. Mr. Steward told the police he had been resting at […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: We May Be Able to Get Kevin Cooper Off Death Row

Now, in a letter sent by an aide, Brown has asked Cooper’s lawyers practical questions about how to proceed: Which lab would do the testing, precisely which methods would be used, and would testing also be able to compare any DNA found to that of the white suspects believed by the defense to be the […]

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Sidebar: Was It a False Confession in ‘Making a Murderer’? The Supreme Court May Decide

When his mother asked him how he had been able to answer the investigators’ questions, he said he had guessed. “That’s what I do with my homework,” he added. Mr. Dassey and his family were completely overmatched by the criminal justice system. In a call to his mother from jail, for instance, Mr. Dassey said […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: ‘I Want to Hate …’

That to me is the thing with this man: He wants to hate. When Trump feels what he believes is a righteous indignation, his default position is hatred. Anyone who draws his ire, anyone whom he feels attacked by or offended by, anyone who has the nerve to stand up for himself or herselfand tell […]

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