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Antonio Beaver Exonerated: More Coverage

Posted: March 30, 2007

A smiling Antonio Beaver walked out of a St. Louis jail yesterday after serving a decade in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

"I'm happy to be in the company of good people. I'm thankful for a good meal," Beaver told reporters. "But most importantly, I'm glad I'm not back in that madhouse anymore."

Read press accounts of Beaver’s release:

Man Cleared on DNA evidence is freed. (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/30/07, LexisNexis subscription required)Video: St. Louis man innocent after a decade in prison.

Learn more about Beaver’s case.

Eyewitness misidentification has been a factor in 75 percent of DNA exonerations to date. Learn more about reforms that can prevent these injustices in the future.



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Editorial: Antonio Beaver exoneration should spark reforms in Missouri

Posted: April 6, 2007

Last week, Antonio Beaver was freed from prison in Missouri after serving a decade behind bars for a carjacking he didn’t commit. An editorial in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch argues that steps to long-lasting criminal justice reform should be started immediately before more injustices can occur.

Eyewitness error is the leading cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, according to the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization based in New York….

The Missouri Bar Association or St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce could begin to repair this broken cog in the criminal justice system by appointing a commission made up of police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys and other experts to study reforms implemented elsewhere and formulate guidelines for more accurate identification procedures.

Read the full editorial here. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/07)
Read more about Antonio Beaver’s case



Tags: Missouri, Antonio Beaver, Eyewitness Misidentification

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Missouri’s new $5.9 million crime lab may help reduce case backlog.

Posted: June 26, 2007 3:30 pm

A second full-service crime lab is scheduled to open in Springfield, Missouri, in October 2008.  Currently, the state’s one central lab and six field labs can only run a limited number of tests, and the wait for testing can take up to 10 months. Governor Matt Blunt announced new plans for the crime lab on Monday.

At a news conference with Blunt in Springfield, Rep. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, said, "The crime lab in Jefferson City is working overtime, and the backlog of cases demands more resources so that justice is not delayed."
Read the full text of the article here.
 
Blog archive: crime lab backlogs in Florida and Wisconsin.



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Hearings in Missouri Case

Posted: December 3, 2008 4:05 pm

Attorneys for Missouri inmate Joshua Kezer yesterday presented convincing evidence that Kezer was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1994. A document presented yesterday shows that a key witness lied at Kezer’s 1994 murder trial in exchange for leniency in his own case. Kezer was convicted of the 1992 murder of a female college student – a crime he says he didn’t commit – and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reopened the investigation in 2006, and testified yesterday that he has not found any evidence linking Kezer to the crime. DNA testing on evidence from the crime scene has excluded Kezer, and other witnesses testified yesterday that witness statements at Kezer’s trial were false.

Read the full story here. (Southeast Missourian, 12/03/08)




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Missouri Column: Too Many Errors

Posted: June 1, 2009 5:25 pm

Attorney and former police officer Stephen Wyse writes in the Springfield, Missouri, News-Leader today that his state is in dire need of reforms to prevent wrongful convictions and better identify the perpetrators of crime. There have been seven DNA exonerations in Missouri, but efforts to reform eyewitness identification procedures, forensic practices and interrogations have fallen flat in recent years.

There are no endeavors where perfection is universally possible, but where substantial errors can be eliminated by adopting the "best practices," don't we owe that to ourselves as citizens? Memorial Day honors those who protect our freedom. We should all commit ourselves to defending the spirit of the Constitution and the liberty it enshrines.

Read the full column here. (News-Leader, 06/01/09)
For an overview of exonerations by state and the reforms in place, visit our interactive maps here.

 



Tags: Missouri, False Confessions, Eyewitness Identification, Forensic Oversight

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Wrongful Conviction Overturned for Missouri Man

Posted: January 31, 2012 3:30 pm





Tags: Missouri, Clayton Price

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Innocence Project Submits Evidence of Missouri Man’s Innocence

Posted: February 17, 2012 6:00 pm





Tags: Missouri, False Confessions

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Innocence Project Continues the Fight to Clear George Allen

Posted: May 18, 2012 4:50 pm





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Science Thursday - September 13, 2012

Posted: September 13, 2012 12:45 pm

Massachusetts is investigating the work of a drug analyst that might lead to a review of tens of thousands of cases, forensic evidence from the West Memphis 3 trials are reviewed, and coroners in Kentucky push for funding for a medical examiner. Here’s this week’s round up of forensic news:
 
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stated that there will be criminal and civil consequences for the "breakdown in oversight" that shuttered a state police crime lab drug unit.
 
Drug evidence from the St. Paul Police Crime Lab continues to be scrutinized. Pre-trial hearings are now focusing on whether the leftover evidence that could be retested might be contaminated.
 
Fibers which were once said to be "similar” to samples retrieved from the homes of two members of the West Memphis Three are now being questioned by three different forensic scientists.
 
A former Missouri medical examiner, who lost his medical license in the state and was fired from another medical examiner position in Florida, is now being investigated for keeping body parts in a storage unit.
 
A group of coroners in Kentucky worked together to save a medical examiner position in their state budget.



Tags: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Science Thursday

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Science Thursday - October 11, 2012

Posted: October 11, 2012 4:35 pm





Tags: Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Science Thursday

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Missouri Judge Overturns George Allen Conviction

Posted: November 5, 2012 5:15 pm





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George Allen Jr. Released From Prison After Serving More than 30 Years

Posted: November 15, 2012 6:15 pm





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Missouri Appeals Court Clears Way for George Allen's Exoneration

Posted: December 26, 2012 5:10 pm





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48 Hours Revisits Missouri False Confession Case

Posted: February 28, 2013 3:35 pm





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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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DNA Evidence Clears Missouri Man in Rape Conviction

Posted: June 17, 2013 4:50 pm





Tags: Missouri, Robert Nelson

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Missouri Court Staffer Fired for Aiding Wrongfully Convicted

Posted: August 1, 2013 5:45 pm





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Science News - August 15, 2013

Posted: August 15, 2013 2:40 pm





Tags: North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Science Thursday

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Missouri Judge Considers Inmate's Innocence Claim

Posted: September 13, 2013 4:30 pm





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Murder Conviction Vacated for Missouri Man

Posted: November 5, 2013 12:25 pm





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Judge Rules that DNA Results Do Not Exonerate Midwest Innocence Project Client

Posted: December 27, 2013 3:55 pm





Tags: Missouri, Innocence Network

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New Report Reveals That Missouri Public Defenders May Need Relief from Workload

Posted: February 19, 2014 4:30 pm





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