Category: Overturned Convictions

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

New York Supreme Court

Misconduct by Crime Lab, Prosecutors Voids Over 6,000 Drug Convictions

Massachusetts district attorneys have decided to dismiss more than 6,000 drug crime convictions, due to misconduct by a drug lab chemist and two ex-state prosecutors. Sonja Farak worked for about nine years as a chemist for state Department of Public Health crime labs, most of that time at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in […]

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Pardoned by President, Sheriff Arpaio Wants Conviction Tossed

Donald Trump’s first presidential pardon went on August 25 to Joe Arpaio, the long-time Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, first elected in 1992 to head Arizona’s biggest local law agency  and re-elected five times, before losing a sixth re-election bid last year. Arpaio received a “full and unconditional” pardon for his July 31 conviction on […]

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Why Eyewitness Testimony May Be Wrong

If you were a prosecutor getting ready to go to trial, just about the best evidence you could hope to have, other than a full confession from the main suspect, would be an eyewitness account, from a victim of the crime or someone who saw it transpire, identifying the defendant as the actual culprit. What […]

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