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The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The UN views the "double tap" as a war crime.
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Life sentence closes oldest cold case

Life sentence closes oldest cold case | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished from a small-town street corner while playing in the snow, a former neighbor was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing the brown-eyed second-grader.
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It troubles me that the conviction was based on eyewitness identification in 2010 from a woman that allegedly saw the defendant in 1957 when she was a child.

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Interrogations & False Confessions

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A Check on Bad Eyewitness Identifications

A Check on Bad Eyewitness Identifications | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
An Oregon Supreme Court ruling shifts the burden of proof to prosecutors to show that eyewitness identification is sufficiently reliable to be admissible as evidence at trial.
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Convictions in ’95 Killing of Cabdriver to Be Thrown Out

Convictions in ’95 Killing of Cabdriver to Be Thrown Out | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Five people, found guilty in 1997, had been imprisoned for more than 17 years in the fatal shooting of a livery cabdriver.
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Paperwork Forces Wrongfully Imprisoned Man To Wait To Clear Name - CBS Chicago

Paperwork Forces Wrongfully Imprisoned Man To Wait To Clear Name - CBS Chicago | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Bennie Starks served more than 20 years for a rape in Waukegan that he did not commit.
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Mississippi Man Convicted With Dubious Testimony Moves Closer To Execution

Mississippi Man Convicted With Dubious Testimony Moves Closer To Execution | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
It shouldn't be up for debate that the experts who are allowed to testify in Shaken Baby Syndrome cases must be qualified, accredited and meet a minimum set of standards with respect to their practices, methods and professionalism.
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The Parade of Crime Lab Scandals Continues, Three Years After the NAS Report on Forensics

The Parade of Crime Lab Scandals Continues, Three Years After the NAS Report on Forensics | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
On the November 20 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, “Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs’ Oversight” pointed out that it has been more than three years since the N...
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Florida Shooting Stirs Echoes of Trayvon Martin Case

Florida Shooting Stirs Echoes of Trayvon Martin Case | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
After a dispute in Jacksonville turns fatal, Florida’s law about the use of deadly force in self-defense is likely to face renewed scrutiny.
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Harrowing moment Mexico's fearless woman mayor begged for her little girl's life before she was abducted by drug gang, tortured and executed

Harrowing moment Mexico's fearless woman mayor begged for her little girl's life before she was abducted by drug gang, tortured and executed | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia.
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Governor pardons, frees innocent man

Governor pardons, frees innocent man | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
This will be a happy Thanksgiving for Jonathan Montgomery, the first in many years.
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Kendall man confesses to suffocating, raping wife and 8-year-old daughter, police say - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

A Kendall man confessed to suffocating his wife and raping her 8-year-old daughter inside a West Miami-Dade home, police say.
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Man to die for killing Houston cousins, 15 and 3

Man to die for killing Houston cousins, 15 and 3 | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
State attorneys argued the assertions from McCann were "patently meritless and nothing more than a last-minute Hail Mary," said Fredericka Sargent, an assistant attorney general.
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60 Minutes: Chicago Cases

60 Minutes: Chicago Cases | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
It's hard to believe people would confess to a heinous crime they didn't commit, but they do -- especially teenagers -- and there is no place in the U.S. where this has occurred more than in Chicago.
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STARKE Manuel: Ex-Sweetwater cop executed by lethal injection at 7:47 p.m. - Florida

Pardo, who was convicted of killing nine people during a series of robberies in Miami-Dade in 1986, died by lethal injection at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida State Prison, just north of Gainesville.
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Bill Dillion's story tonight on 'I Didn't Do It: Investigation Discovery' (9pm)

Bill Dillion's story tonight on 'I Didn't Do It:  Investigation Discovery' (9pm) | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Don't miss I Didn't Do It on Investigation Discovery.
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In Alaska, a Killer Ends Half-Told Tale of His Crimes With Suicide

In Alaska, a Killer Ends Half-Told Tale of His Crimes With Suicide | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Investigators are now trying desperately to illuminate the dark shadows left by Israel Keyes, the admitted killer in Anchorage who took his own life last weekend.
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Widespread Use of Plea Bargains Plays Major Role in Mass Incarceration

Widespread Use of Plea Bargains Plays Major Role in Mass Incarceration | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Plea bargaining has become historically ubiquitous as the principal, if not primary, method of criminal case disposition in the US.
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’60 Minutes’ Report: Feds Probing Chicago Police Interrogation Tactics - CBS Chicago

’60 Minutes’ Report: Feds Probing Chicago Police Interrogation Tactics - CBS Chicago | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The U.S. Justice Department has been conducting an investigation into the interrogation practices at the Chicago Police Department, and “60 Minutes” is about to break the story wide open.
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?This Is A Picture Of A Strand Of DNA

?This Is A Picture Of A Strand Of DNA | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A new image shows a single thread of double-stranded DNA suspended on a bed of nanoscopic silicon pillars.
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Supreme Court rejects plea to ban taping of police in Illinois

Supreme Court rejects plea to ban taping of police in Illinois | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.
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Bodies found inside drifting boat near Japan - CNN.com

Bodies found inside drifting boat near Japan - CNN.com | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A small wooden boat found off the western island of Sado in Japan contained decomposing bodies, according to local police.
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Man who died during roach-eating contest choked on bug parts, autopsy says - Broward - MiamiHerald.com

A report from the Broward medical examiner said Eddie Archbold choked on roaches during an eating contest that he won at a Deerfield Beach pet shop.
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Federal Judge Unsettled by D.A.’s Apparent Indifference in Wrongful Conviction

According to The Wall Street Journal (here), Federal Court Judge Frederic Block expressed frustration with the apparent indifference Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney Charles Hynes has shown in respo...
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The Best Law Firms for LGBT Lawyers

Of the 145 firms that participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s survey, 71 received perfect scores. Absolutely fabulous!
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