Exoneration Round Up – February 24, 2015

  • “I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where [police] go  and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists.” That statement comes from retired DC homicide detective and friend of the Innocence Project Jim Trainum, who was quoted in The Guardian in their startling, exclusive new report on a Chicago police department “black site” at Homan Square where detainees are held in secret in violation of multiple constitutional rights. Some of the horrific, post-9/11 type of abuses detailed in The Guardian’s report on the foreboding West Side warehouse include the denial of access to legal counsel, absence of any booking record for Homan Square detainees, indefinite detentions with no charge, violent interrogations, and even the mysterious death of one particular individual, John Hubbard, with no accompanying explanation.
  • Click here for another Guardian investigative piece on former North Side Chicago detective and Guantanamo Bay torturer Richard Zuley, whose litany of grotesque abuses in interrogations of mostly black murder suspects led to at least one wrongful conviction (Lathierial Boyd). Follow the link to read more about Zuley’s misconduct and alleged racism. As part of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s investigation into convictions involving Zuley, DNA will be tested in three cases where he was the lead investigator and the alleged offenders have plead their innocence.
  • The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay on the execution of Rodney Reed, who was scheduled to be put to death on March 5th. Learn more about Reed and his claim of innocence here.
  • Finally, read this Pitt News column on how the Serial podcast highlights the value of money in the criminal justice system and the need for due process in post-conviction relief.


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