In the majority of DNA exoneration cases, eyewitness testimony played a significant role in the wrongful conviction. In other words, though the testimony from a witness can be convincing to a jury, it’s unreliable. Human memory is fallible. While you would think this knowledge should lead to more careful application of such testimony, that simply isn’t the case. [Read more…]
Two years ago, now-Attorney General Mike DeWine achieved his position, in part, because he promised the people of Ohio that the crime labs could do better. He pointed to then-A.G. Richard Cordray’s labs and said they were functioning too slowly, leaving a costly backlog of criminal cases crowding state courts and county jails. He would do better. And, according to recent numbers, he has. [Read more…]
Following a tragedy like the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last week, emotions are high. People are ultra-sensitive to potentially offensive comments. After all, 26 people were killed, most of them well under the age of 10. But, does that mean we should react to bad jokes with arrests? An 18-year old Hamilton County man is likely asking the same question.
Devin Carey made an offensive joke, an off-the-cuff remark, and he put it on Facebook as his status. It was insensitive and pretty stupid. But, local law enforcement decided it amounted to a crime. [Read more…]
A Detroit consulting firm has released their recommendations for the Hamilton County crime lab. And policy makers are not pleased with the price tag on the potential solutions. The report is calling for a new lab, at the cost of $56 million. Cheaper recommended solutions include a $35 million addition or at least a $16.5 million renovation, something that many say simply won’t happen. [Read more…]
The Superintendent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation Thomas Stickrath announced a complete review of the way the state crime lab handled DNA samples after a few cases of contamination have come to light. “I think folks could have been more careful,” Stickrath told the local news. [Read more…]