Tag Archives: Innocence Project

Court admits expert water-dunking testimony as relevant, helpful to jury.

 The trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting expert testimony concerning defendant’s failure to pass the water-dunking test. Dr. Brimstone, who has testified in over 200 witch trials, was plainly qualified to explain to the jury that immersing … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Exoneration after 25 Years Is Great but Competent Appellate Review at the Time Would Have Been Better

When Andre Hatchett was exonerated after serving half his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, the deceptively mild-mannered Ursula Bentele, Professor Emerita of Brooklyn Law School, commented that the Appellate Division had every reason to know at … Continue reading

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“Everything I know about forensic science I learned in kindergarten”

      In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences  issued a report called “Prosecution Science is Hooey.”  The official title was “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward”  and the gist was that, whether it’s a … Continue reading

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