- Published on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 03:34
Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: The Central Park Five Interviews
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon and three of the Central Park Five describe their experiences making the new documentary.
The Central Park Five is a distinctive work amongst the things that Ken Burns has produced because it is in collaboration with his daughter Sarah and her husband David McMahon. The horrifying 1989 case of the rape of a jogger in Central Park and the subsequent arrest and imprisonment of five teenage boys for a crime that they did not commit has been skillfully documented in this incredible piece of cinema.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 03:38
Denver 12 Nov 2012
State law dictates when child welfare departments are supposed to probe allegations of abuse and neglect, but counties have wide discretion in determining whether a call has enough information to proceed further.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 02:45
ADAM LIPTAK NYT November 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has a complicated relationship with evidence of innocence that arrives late in the game.
“This court has never held,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in 2009, chillingly but accurately, “that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.”
Last month, the justices agreed to hear a case that demonstrates why the issue can be so difficult. It concerns Floyd Perkins, a Michigan man serving a life sentence for murder. The new evidence he has gathered is plausible but not overwhelming, and he waited a long time to present it. On the other hand, he may spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.
- Published on Sunday, 04 November 2012 04:10
DMN 3 Nov 2012
Cristobal DeLeon says he instantly recognized the man who robbed his East
Oak Cliff convenience store at gunpoint this summer. Patrol officers responded
to his 911 call and a detective was soon provided with a name, photo and
possible address for the suspect. But it took several weeks for detectives in the department’s robbery unit to sit down and interview DeLeon — a basic step toward solving the case. In the
meantime, the same suspect allegedly kidnapped two women and raped one before selling
her to a pimp. Stagnant investigations such as DeLeon’s robbery are a symptom of severe
understaffing of the department’s detective units, current and former Dallas
officers say. The number of detectives in units that investigate the bulk of
the city’s most violent crimes — such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated
assault — has been slashed by 46 percent since 2010, according to a review by The
Dallas Morning News.
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