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Top Five Innocence Blog Posts of 2016

By Ariana Costakes

As an eventful year comes to a close, we reviewed the most popular blog posts of 2016. Here’s a list of the top five stories that attracted the most readers:

  1. Scientists found problematic forensic methods used to convict Steven Avery

Four experts highlighted the problematic forensic science used to convict Steven Avery for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

2. Four Things You Need to Know About the Brendan Dassey Case

The Innocence Blog interviewed Laura Nirider, project director for the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University and an attorney for Brendan Dassey.

 3.Innocence Project, Coldplay Team Up in Fight Against Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project announced that staff and volunteers would be touring with Coldplay on the North American leg of their “Head Full of Dreams” tour to spread awareness of wrongful convictions.

4. North Carolina Man Convicted Based on Erroneous Microscopic Hair Evidence Exonerated After Wrongly Serving 25 Years

Innocence Project client Tim Bridges was exonerated in March. Bridges was convicted based in part on the erroneous testimony of an FBI-trained state hair analyst who claimed that Bridges’ hair was found at the crime scene.

5. Dozens of Philadelphia Drug Convictions Reversed Due to Federal Police Corruption Charges

A judge reversed 158 drug convictions relating to seven Philadelphia police officers accused of corruption, bringing the total amount of conviction reversals relating to the officers to about 560.

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