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DNA overturns conviction in Washington

Posted: August 15, 2007 1:44 pm

Ted Bradford was convicted in 1996 of breaking into a woman’s house in Yakima, Washington, and raping her. He has completed his nine-year sentence and has been released, but is still working with the Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle to prove his innocence.

In the 1995 crime, the perpetrator wore a nylon stocking over his head and also placed a mask on the victim’s face with sticky tape. DNA testing has now shown the profile of another man on the mask and the tape, and a Washington appeals court yesterday agreed with a lower court that Bradford deserves a new trial. Bradford also allegedly confessed to the crime after a lengthy police interrogation in 1995, and prosecutors have said they intend to retry him in order to ensure that he continues to register as a sex offender.

"We're just delighted that both the trial court and court of appeals found the weight of the scientific evidence would probably result in a different verdict," said Jackie McMurtrie, director of the Innocence Project Northwest, which represented Bradford. "Mr. Bradford is innocent."

Read the full story here. (Seattle Times, 08/15/07)
Read the full appeals court verdict here.





Tags: Washington

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Scandal and increasing burden slow progress at crime labs across U.S.

Posted: February 21, 2008 2:45 pm

The director of the Washington State Crime Lab resigned last week after months of allegations of misconduct in the lab have cast a shadow on forensic analysis in thousands of cases. Problems were uncovered in Washington’s labs began last summer, when a whistleblower reported that quality checks on blood-alcohol tests had been fabricated. Reports have alleged that more corners were cut on the tests, rendering thousands of results unreliable.  The director’s resignation does not address systemic problems at the lab.

Regardless of how many cases were affected, the public's trust in the work performed by the lab has been eroded, said Kevin Curtis, president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

"I think a change in leadership, at a minimum, is necessary as the first step to regaining and restoring that," he said.

Batiste said that is ultimately the goal.

"We're after complete credibility," Batiste said in an interview. "We are obviously pursuing the confidence of the judiciary as well as the citizens."

Read the full story here. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 02/14/2008) 

Read a Seattle Post-Intelligencer special report on problems at the Washington Crime Lab
The Innocence Project has proposed improvements in crime lab oversight and funding across the country to prevent mistakes and misconduct from occurring. Other labs across the country have suffered slowdowns and budget shortfalls as the demand for forensic testing has grown.
Learn more about the Innocence Project’s proposals for crime lab oversight reforms.





Tags: Idaho, Michigan, Washington

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Friday Roundup: Compensation, Real Perpetrators and the Death Penalty

Posted: January 20, 2012 1:00 pm





Tags: Ohio, Texas, Washington, New York, Exoneree Compensation, Forensic Oversight, Unvalidated/Improper Forensics, Life After Exoneration, Death Penalty, Real Perpetrator

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Washington Legislators Consider Abolishing the Death Penalty

Posted: January 31, 2012 6:00 pm





Tags: Washington

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Science Thursday

Posted: February 16, 2012 10:45 am





Tags: California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington

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CNN Reports: Many Exonerees Have Not Been Compensated

Posted: March 26, 2012 4:35 pm





Tags: Washington, Alan Northrop, Exoneree Compensation

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Football Dreams Rekindled for Recent Exoneree

Posted: May 31, 2012 4:30 pm

One week after kidnapping and rape charges against a former Southern California high school football player were dismissed, multiple NFL teams have come calling. Brian Banks was forced to give up on his collegiate football dreams in 2002 when he took a plea deal to avoid trial and the risk of a lengthy prison sentence. His case gained notoriety last week when he was exonerated of the charges after serving five years in prison and another five years as a registered sex offender.

Banks is represented by the California Innocence Project, and in the week since charges were dismissed against him, it  has received calls from several professional football teams inviting him for workouts and tryouts.

Before charges were brought against him, Banks had a verbal commitment to play college ball at the University of Southern California for coach Pete Carroll who left the university to coach the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Next Thursday, Banks could get his big break when he tries out for Carroll who now coaches for the Seattle  Seahawks.

Read more about Banks in ESPN and the New York Daily News.



Tags: Washington, Brian Banks

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Science Thursday - November 22, 2012

Posted: November 22, 2012 7:30 am





Tags: Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Science Thursday

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Science Thursday - December 6, 2012

Posted: December 6, 2012 2:30 pm





Tags: Massachusetts, Nebraska, West Virginia, Washington

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Science Thursday - December 27, 2012

Posted: December 27, 2012 3:45 pm





Tags: Colorado, District of Columbia, Virginia, Washington, Science Thursday

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Science Thursday - January 3, 2013

Posted: January 3, 2013 1:20 pm





Tags: Alabama, Massachusetts, Washington, Science Thursday

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Washington State Considers Compensation Bill

Posted: February 19, 2013 2:30 pm





Tags: Washington, Alan Northrop, Exoneree Compensation

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Washington State Still Considering Compensation Bill

Posted: April 8, 2013 4:10 pm





Tags: Washington, Alan Northrop, Exoneree Compensation

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Washington Man Cleared of Murder

Posted: April 15, 2013 4:15 am





Tags: Washington, Jeramie Davis, DNA Databases

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Science News - April 18, 2013

Posted: April 18, 2013 4:10 pm





Tags: California, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Science Thursday

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Science News - May 3, 2013

Posted: May 3, 2013 10:45 am





Tags: California, New Jersey, Missouri, Washington, Science Thursday

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Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Wrongful Conviction Compensation Law

Posted: May 10, 2013 3:30 pm





Tags: Washington

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Science News - May 16, 2013

Posted: May 16, 2013 4:00 pm





Tags: Massachusetts, Nebraska, Washington, New York, Science Thursday

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Science News - June 20, 2013

Posted: June 20, 2013 4:35 pm





Tags: Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Washington, Science Thursday

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Washington Exonerees Receive Settlement

Posted: October 2, 2013 4:05 pm





Tags: Washington, Larry Davis, Alan Northrop, Exoneree Compensation

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Seattle Times Give Praise to Innocence Project Northwest

Posted: January 9, 2014 5:25 pm





Tags: Washington

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Washington Bills Aim to Preserve DNA Evidence in Short Term

Posted: January 28, 2014 3:25 pm





Tags: Washington, Evidence Preservation

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Washington Institutes Moratorium on Death Penalty

Posted: February 11, 2014 6:00 pm





Tags: Washington, Death Penalty

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Judge Tosses Washington Exoneree's Jury Award

Posted: August 15, 2014 2:20 pm





Tags: Washington

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Washington Man Compensated for Ten Years Behind Bars

Posted: September 29, 2014 5:15 pm





Tags: Washington, Exoneree Compensation

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