Innocence Blog

From the Wrongful Convictions Blog: International Innocence Round-up, February 4, 2012

Posted: February 4, 2013 1:15 pm

José Ramón Aniceto Gómez  and Pascual Agustín Cruz were exonerated by the Supreme Court of Mexico after almost three years in prison. The Court found that the men’s rights were violated by denying them access to an interpreter during trial and that some of the crimes they were charged with never even occurred.
 
Four claimants have lost their appeals for compensation before the UK’s High Court in spite of having been exonerated.  The Court has begun applying a new higher standard for the wrongfully convicted to win compensation, one which media outlets have used to brand the innocent as “not innocent enough.” 
 
Scottish fingerprint expert Fiona McBride, who wrongly identified a latent print at the center of a murder case, won’t be getting her job back due to doubts that her past misidentification would cast a doubt on the accuracy of any future findings.
 
David Bain, who was exonerated in June 2009 of the murder of his family, has filed a claim at the New Zealand High Court in Auckland against the Minister of Justice over the way she handled his compensation case.
 
A Kuwaiti man is suing the government for compensation after spending a year in jail for drug crimes he never committed and was convicted of in absentia. Upon his release, the man was able to prove that another man had committed the crimes while impersonating him using a forged passport.
 
Sexual groping on crowded urban trains is a growing problem in Japan, but so is wrongful convictions of supposed gropers.