Monday, May 21, 2012

New National Registry of Exonerations

The Center on Wrongful Convictions and University Michigan Law School tonight launched the National Registry of Exonerations—a comprehensive database containing extensive searchable information on the cases of nearly 900 men and women who have been exonerated in the U.S. since 1989 after being convicted of felonies they did not commit. 

In addition to the cases in the registry, more than 1,100 defendants have been exonerated following convictions stemming from 13 separate police corruption scandals (such as the drug task force scandal in Tulia, Texas, and the Rampart scandal in Los Angeles). Thus, the total number of defendants exonerated during the 23-year period totals roughly 2,000—an average of about one a week.

Below are the Kentucky cases listed -

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Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession
Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Official Misconduct

Perjury or False Accusation
PorterKerryKentucky19982011Y*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation

Perjury or False Accusation, Inadequate Legal Defense

Mistaken Witness ID