Wrongful conviction and the laws regarding financial compensation

We have previously written about the importance of Wisconsin’s criminal DNA database, as well as some of the legal challenges associated with it. For law enforcement, DNA evidence is often the fastest and most accurate way to solve sex crimes, murders and other violent offenses. For the accused, especially those with a previous criminal record, […]

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Crime lab scandal raises fundamental questions about the system

he Massachusetts state crime lab came under scrutiny recently after it was discovered that one of its scientists may have tainted evidence used in thousands of criminal cases. The scandal has shaken public confidence in criminal justice systems across the country. Of course, Wisconsin residents hope that those required to mount a criminal defense against […]

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Expanded DNA collection of Wisconsin arrestees proposed

Currently in Wisconsin, certain individuals are required to submit DNA samples to law enforcement for cataloging. However, under a proposal submitted by the state’s Department of Justice, DNA samples would not only be required from individuals convicted of felony charges, but also from those convicted of many kinds of misdemeanors. The justification for the collection […]

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Facebook post finds witness who can clear wrongfully convicted men

Since its creation, Facebook has been the source of much controversy within the criminal justice system. Historically, Facebook has been a valuable tool for law enforcement to investigate and catch alleged criminals in Wisconsin and around the country. Facebook has been credited with helping authorities solve cases ranging from computer sex crimes to lesser offenses […]

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Courts begin to re-examine the use of eyewitness testimony

We have previously written that some tools of the criminal justice system – ones which have long defined standards of evidence – are now being challenged, and sometimes discredited. Chief among these is the use and reliability of eyewitness testimony. Numerous studies over the past several years have concluded that human memory is incredibly fallible, […]

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Plea bargain process can lead to false admission of guilt: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a serious problem within the criminal justice system: potentially unjust holes in the plea bargain process. Most Wisconsin residents would never dream of pleading guilty to a crime they didn’t commit, unless they felt they had little choice. Many wrongfully accused defendants feel compelled to take plea […]

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Plea bargain process can lead to false admission of guilt: Part I

If you were facing criminal charges for a crime you did not commit, would you ever choose to plead guilty? Of course you wouldn’t. Most people find that question to be ridiculous, until or unless they find themselves wrongfully accused of a crime. We recently wrote about a new database highlighting the occurrence of thousands of […]

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New registry highlights thousands of wrongful criminal convictions

We have previously written about the importance of hard and fast scientific evidence in the prosecution or defense of serious crimes. In recent years, Wisconsin has been working hard to update its criminal DNA database, and this is actually a good thing for the majority of individuals on either side of the law. We want […]

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New technology helps appeal a Wisconsin robbery conviction: Part II

Earlier this week, we wrote that a Wisconsin man was recently granted a new trial after a 1994 conviction on two counts of armed robbery. There were inconsistencies in his conviction, including grainy footage from store surveillance cameras as well as eyewitness testimony that failed to identify him in a lineup. Now, new technology to […]

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New technology helps appeal a Wisconsin robbery conviction: Part I

We recently wrote about how unreliable eyewitness testimony can be in criminal cases. A recent study concluded that a simple variation in the way witnesses are shown suspect photos can greatly increase their chances of falsely identifying an innocent person. This has led to countless wrongful convictions in cases of sexual assault, rape and robbery. […]

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