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- After Nearly 23 Years of Legal Struggle, a Conviction Is Reversed
- New York Times: Everton Wagstaffe, who refused to leave prison on probation because he viewed it as a surrender of his claim of innocence in the death of a teenage girl, learned on Wednesday that he had prevailed in a struggle that he began from behind bars nearly 23 years ago.
- Stevens County prosecutor wants guilty verdicts reviewed
- Spokesman-Review: The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is taking the unusual step of asking a court to review five guilty verdicts amid concerns that defendants’ constitutional rights may have been violated.
- North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs
- New York Times: André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail.
- Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data
- The News Tribune: The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.
- Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate
- The Spokesman-Review: Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to work...
- End state law that criminalizes mental health patients
- Seattle Times: A misguided state law and a tough-on-crime approach fills prisons and jails with mentally ill inmates.
- State court expands convicts' access to DNA testing
- KOMO News: Washington's Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for convicts to obtain DNA testing that could prove their innocence.
- Former DOC Chief Doctor Says There’s No Way to Fix Botched Executions
- Seattle Weekly: As the debate over botched executions rages on, a doctor once in charge of healthcare for Washington’s Department of Corrections is adding his voice to the chorus of critics.
- On Supreme Court, Does 9-0 Add Up to More Than 5-4?
- New York Times: The Supreme Court issued a remarkable number of unanimous decisions last term, and in their public remarks the justices seemed unanimous in saying that unanimity was a good thing. But is it?
- Fresh Doubts Over a Texas Execution
- Washington Post: For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him.