Archive for the ‘Innocents’ Category


Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Act now to exonerate the San Antonio Four! Follow these suggestions at the Southwest of Salem website.

Also consider a donation to the National Center for Reason and Justice.

Freedom remains tenuous for freed prisoner

Monday, October 24th, 2016

“Lisa Kavanaugh, one of Rosario’s lawyers, the head of the Innocence Program for the state’s public defender agency, said that Rosario should be exonerated by prosecutors. His conviction was thrown out in large part because advances in forensic technology cast doubt on whether the fire was deliberately set, raising questions about the accuracy of the confession. Kavanaugh said she welcomes the high court’s review of the case, saying the court’s decision could settle Rosario’s case and others like it that have been built on questionable evidence.”

The National Center for Reason and Justice has long sponsored the case of Victor Rosario because we are convinced of his innocence.

Read the article by MIlton J. Valencia in the Boston Globe.

Gunther Fiek’s Blog

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

My good friend Gunther Fiek has started a blog from prison. I encourage you to subscribe. Here is his first post:

An Endeavor

Men accused of killing toddlers say Shaken Baby Syndrome should be on trial, not them

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

“Attorneys for the two men said medical experts have relied on three injuries to reach the conclusion that both victims were violently shaken: bleeding behind the eyes, bleeding on the surface of the brain, and brain swelling. Those injuries alone, defense attorneys said, are not sufficient to prove that the toddlers were abused.”

Read the article by Kristine Guerra in the Washington Post.

Inside Case Behind Wrongful Conviction Doc ‘Southwest of Salem’

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“Homophobia and hysteria didn’t deprive these women of their freedom – prosecutors did. The state’s reluctance to take responsibility in a case where its failings have been unusually well-documented and publicized suggests locking up the occasional innocent person isn’t that big a deal. With that conviction-at-all-costs mentality pervasive among prosecutors in the U.S., we can expect there are many more innocent people in prison than we know.”

Read the article by Bridgette Dunlap in Rolling Stone.

Judge Alex Kozinski Speaks Out on Wrongful Convictions

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“I can’t do this anymore.” I sometimes find myself waking up with that as the first thought of the day to enter my mind. But don’t worry. I’ve been waking up uttering that about once a week for at least twenty of the twenty-three years I have spent in wrongful and unjust imprisonment. The thought is more of a temptation than any real conviction. “You don’t have that luxury,” my friend Pornchai Moontri often says in rebuttal. He’s right.

Read the post by Father Gordon MacRae in These Stone Walls.

Trump’s Insistence that Central Park 5 are Guilty Reveals Frightening Ignorance and Worse

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

“Donald Trump doesn’t acknowledge wrongful convictions proven by DNA and by the credible, delayed confession of a convicted murderer and rapist. Insisting on Friday that the Central Park 5 are guilty of the 1989 high-profile horrific attack and rape of an investment banker jogging in Central Park, he revealed he knows nothing about DNA, the dynamics of false confessions, or contemporary understandings relating to criminal justice and wrongful convictions.”

Read the post by Nancy Petro at the Wrongful Convictions Blog.

Support the Innocence Project

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

And help Victor Rosario run the New York Marathon!

-Bob Chatelle

A Syndrome on Trial

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

“Today, scores of other caregivers are accused of in injuring or killing a baby by shaking every year. But some doctors and lawyers believe the syndrome is being diagnosed too frequently and that debate is playing out in courtrooms around the country. Over 200 cases have fallen apart since doctors started challenging the diagnosis, with some defendants released after spending more than a decade in jail.”

From RetroReport. Produced by Miriam Weintraub.

Why Jerry Sandusky May Be Innocent

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Civil lawyers sent potential victims to therapy to help unearth memories. As Howard Janet, a civil lawyer for an alleged Sandusky victim, explained in a CNN interview, victims could “create a bit of a Chinese wall in their minds. They bury these events that were so painful to them deep in their subconscious.”

But that’s not all. The well-known sodomy-in-the-shower story is fictional. When Mike McQueary went into the locker room in 2001, he briefly heard slapping sounds in the shower that he interpreted as sexual. As McQueary later put it, “Visualizations come to your head.”

Read the article by Mark Pendergrast in The Crime Report.