Innocence Blog

Friday Roundup: Wrongful Conviction to be Overturned, New DNA Evidence and Prosecutorial Misconduct

Posted: September 24, 2010 5:14 pm

A deaf man who has spent a decade in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a child is expected to be cleared of the crime at a hearing next Monday. Although a fingerprint found at the crime scene matched a convicted sex offender, police were confident in their conviction.

Two years after Tim Masters was exonerated of a 1999 murder by DNA evidence, new DNA evidence found in the case sparks hope in finding the real perpetrator.

Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson’s memoir, "Picking Cotton," based on Thompson’s rape in 1984, in which she later misidentified Cotton as her attacker, will be adapted into a film by Broadway director Kenny Leon of “Raisin in the Sun.”

A Michigan prosecutor has proposed changing the state’s court rules to prevent prisoners from presenting new evidence of their innocence after the first anniversary of their conviction.

According to court records in Iowa, prosecutorial misconduct in felony cases has resulted in reduced sentences, new trials and one acquittal, despite judges saying it’s unusual for attorneys to mess up.