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Illinois Judge Orders DNA Testing in Murder Case

Illinois Judge Orders DNA Testing in Murder Case | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it

 

Nearly four decades after an Illinois man was initially convicted of the murders of a brother and sister in their home, a judge ruled that several pieces of evidence could undergo DNA testing, reported the Journal Star.

 

Johnnie Lee Savory spent 30 years behind bars before being released in 2006. Five years later, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn commuted his sentence and ended his parole.

 

In Tuesday’s ruling, Peoria County Circuit Judge Steve Kouri said that the order doesn’t allow for a new trial and that DNA testing could be conducted at Savory’s own expense.

 

 

“This means hope for Johnnie,” said Joshua Tepfer, an attorney with the Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. “He has wanted this and fought for this and a team of advocates and friends have fought for this for more than 20 years, or since this technology became available.”

 

Savory, who has maintained his innocence, was tried twice. He was found guilty in the stabbing deaths of Connie Cooper, 19, and her brother, James Robinson, 14, in June 1977. His first conviction was overturned when the Third District Illinois Appellate Court ruled Savory’s alleged confession involuntary. He was retried in 1981 and found guilty again. Two years later, two of the witnesses recanted their testimony.

 

Among the pieces of evidence being tested are items the investigators deemed relevant to the case back in 1977. They include the purported murder weapon, a knife taken from Savory’s pants, the pants Savory was wearing, fingernail clippings from Copper and Robinson as well as a bloody light switch plate.

 

Kouri noted in his order that the blood evidence used against Savory was only able to identify the group type, which is far less probative than DNA.

 

“Type O blood type is found in approximately one in two people and Type A is in approximately one in three people,” Kouri wrote. “Can it be imagined that such rudimentary ‘scientific’ evidence would be presented and argued to a jury in a courtroom today, particularly in a double-homicide trial?”

 

The Center on Wrongful Convictions already has a Texas-based DNA testing firm lined up, and Tepfer is optimistic about the results.

 

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http://www.pjstar.com/news/x853699644/Judge-rules-Johnnie-Lee-Savory-can-use-DNA-tests-on-old-evidence#ixzz2bILBrZaH

 

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Florida lawmakers reach agreement on juvenile sentencing | April 23, 2014 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT Politics

Florida lawmakers reach agreement on juvenile sentencing | April 23, 2014 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT Politics | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE Nearly four years after the U.S. Supreme Court said Florida must treat the sentencing of juvenile criminals differently than adults, the state
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Tampa police kill elderly community leader in need of medical help-then try to cover it up!

Tampa police kill elderly community leader in need of medical help-then try to cover it up! | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
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Solitary confinement used to punish female prisoners who report rape

Solitary confinement used to punish female prisoners who report rape | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
In solitary, a woman's attacker can closely watch her sleep, use the toilet, or undress.
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A family destroyed by eviction

A family destroyed by eviction | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, April 8, at 9 a.m., after weeks of last minute legal maneuvers, unanswered calls to the mayor and multiple pleas for a pro bono lawyer to save the single mama Sabrina Carter and her t...
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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. 

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How I Learned To Be Courageous

How I Learned To Be Courageous | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
It's no different whenever you want something in life: You need to ask for what you want. Simply having the courage to ask people for what you want can change your life, but it's unfortunate that so many of us fail to be courageous....
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State's Highest Court Deals Blow To Death-Row Inmates

State's Highest Court Deals Blow To Death-Row Inmates | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.

The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayto...
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Former Death Row Inmate: Solitary Confinement 'Breaks Your Will To Live'

Former Death Row Inmate: Solitary Confinement 'Breaks Your Will To Live' | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Anthony Graves was wrongly convicted and sent to death row in connection with the murder of a Texas family in 1992. He spent 18 years in prison -- 16 of them in solitary confinement -- until he was finally exonerated and released in 2010.

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Disabled man's 'bedroom tax' house swap is stopped by council

Disabled man's 'bedroom tax' house swap is stopped by council | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Kevin West cannot afford to pay the ‘bedroom tax’ on his three-bedroom home in Brayford Road, Whitley Wood, so had signed up to Reading Borough Council’s HomeSwapper initiative
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Texas Inmate Must Stay In Prison, Despite Conviction Being Overturned 34 Years Ago

Texas Inmate Must Stay In Prison, Despite Conviction Being Overturned 34 Years Ago | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
April 21, 2014NY Daily NewsA Texas inmate with the critical thinking ability of a first-grader has been waiting some 34 years for a new trial. And now he'll wait some more. In a recent ruling, a judge decided that Jerry Hartfield's constitutional right to a speedy trial had not been violated — despite being imprisoned…
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No honour among thieves as jailhouse snitches convict the innocent

No honour among thieves as jailhouse snitches convict the innocent | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Jailhouse snitches are responsible for a huge amount of wrongful convictions, Dallas prosecutors admit as they release a record number of wrongly convicted offenders from jail.
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#WaveOfAction Be Happy #SelfieRevolution - YouTube


Happy: Pharrell Williams part of the #WaveOfActionUk's #Selfie Revolution!

Send us yours photos or videos hashtag signs (#WaveOfAction) please via facebook or twitter WaveOfActionUK

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'We're homeless and live in a car': Family of four's struggle after being refused emergency accommodation

'We're homeless and live in a car': Family of four's struggle after being refused emergency accommodation | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Mum Sabrina McMahon ahs begged for help to house her stranded children after living in her car for over a week
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U.S. Government Killed OUR Internet Today -


"It may be the end of the Internet as we know it. That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally." 

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Resegregation: The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown

Resegregation: The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
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Memphis leads nation in use of deadly force by police, activists charge

Memphis leads nation in use of deadly force by police, activists charge | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The Memphis Black Autonomy Federation has asked the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “a pattern or practice” of misconduct by the Memphis Police Department. Me...
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My Friendship With A Convicted Murderer: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

My Friendship With A Convicted Murderer: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Twenty-eight years ago, I issued an order freeing Rubin Carter from prison after he had served 19 years for murders that I am convinced he did not commit....
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Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart

Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame.

Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to an infographic recently released by the Federal Bureau of Pris...
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A 'Criminal' to Many, But 'Dad' to Her

A 'Criminal' to Many, But 'Dad' to Her | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Her dad may always carry the label "criminal," but her love for him serves as a reminder that the incarcerated are more than just the sum of their mistakes. To many kids like Jazree, they are family, and sometimes the one person they need t...
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How A Promising Ivy League Student Ended Up A Heroin Addict And Convicted Felon

How A Promising Ivy League Student Ended Up A Heroin Addict And Convicted Felon | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
"I want a cigarette. I know I have a cigarette here. Which friggin pocket did I put it in? I'm patting myself down frantically trying to find this damn pack because nothing makes me want a cigarette like the massive shot of heroin I just did.&qu...
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Have the Homeless Become Invisible? -


In this social experiment, unsuspecting people walked by relatives pretending to be homeless. Would they notice their family members? Or have the homeless become invisible?http://MakeThemVisible.com

To find out more about the New York City Rescue Mission visithttp://nycrescue.org/

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4WardEver backs Daily Mirror mental health campaign

4WardEver backs Daily Mirror mental health campaign | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
4WardEver UK, through its founder Tippa Naphtali, has lended its support to a national campaign called 'Time to Change' by the Mirror Newspaper Group and backed by ex-boxer and service user, Frank ...
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A Just Cause Coast 2 Coast- Life After Incarceration

A Just Cause Coast 2 Coast- Life After Incarceration | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Sam Thurman, Cliff Stewart, and Ethel Lopez of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause, discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans. Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Sam, Cliff and Ethel will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" to free wrongfully imprisoned people, and what happens when justice miscarries against an actually innocent person. Our Special Guests tonight are Rev. Billy Neal Moore, who spent 16-1/2 years on death row before receiving clemency and Ex-Death Row Prison Guard, Bobby Allen, who spent nearly a decade working in a Georgia death row prison unit. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's been wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commitrong. For full story: www.freetheirp6.org. For more information, about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, please visit www.a-justcause.com. Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and Like our Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCoast2Coast, and https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCO, https://www.facebook.com/FreetheIRP6
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Statelessness | Liberty

Statelessness | Liberty | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it

 

 

Campaigning againstStatelessnessStatelessness is a barbaric weapon of despots and dictators – it has no place in democracies like the UK"It cannot be a proper response to 

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12 Year Old Dragged From Class After Anti-Terror Police Flag Up His Facebook Protest Against Cameron

12 Year Old Dragged From Class After Anti-Terror Police Flag Up His Facebook Protest Against Cameron | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A 12 year old boy attempting to save a local youth club due to be closed by government cuts has been dragged from his classroom after his Facebook protest was spotted by anti-terror police. What's ...
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