Rob Warden tells how a 16-year old could so vividly, but falsely, describe being raped — a story that put Gary Dotson, though innocent, behind bars for a decade.
Nationwide, approximately one in three of persons who have been exonerated by DNA had been convicted in whole or part on the testimony of witnesses who later recanted. Rob Warden writes on the 30th anniversary of Gary Dotson’s exoneration: It is long since time to stop distrusting the recantations?
Rob Warden asks: Should a gang-related murder conviction stand solely on recanted identification testimony of a single gang member?
Rob Warden writes that seeking the death penalty against Brendt Christensen is likely only to bring anguish to the families of both the victim and the killer, and to cost taxpayers considerable money. And in addition, writes Warden, the odds are against Christensen actually being executed.
The voting is by secret ballot, and judges cast their ballots in a process that is independently administered by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts — an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court.
If jurors in staged performances can’t consistently come to the same result — what does that say about real life?
Victims of sexual attack can easily make mistakes in trying to identify the stranger who committed the assault. That has nothing to do with the identification by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.