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Missouri won’t Exonerate Innocent Man Because He’s not on Death Row

Missouri won’t Exonerate Innocent Man Because He’s not on Death Row

Eyewitness testimony from a 7-year-old girl who saw her mother stabbed to death was the “linchpin” that put Rodney Lincoln behind bars for life for the April 1982 murder of a St. Louis woman. The deciding factor for the outcome is now doubting her own story, and she wants her mother’s ...
North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory just signed into law an act making police body camera video an official state secret. Naturally, following the events of last week, civil rights and transparency advocates are in an uproar. North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper, disagreed w ...
Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Behind closed doors in secret meetings, an attorney for a Florida school board appears to have met with a local state attorney in the hopes to pursue felony criminal charges against PINAC reporter Jeff Gray. According to emails recently obtained through a public records request, it wa ...
New Jersey Crime Lab Tech Suspended For Falsifying Test Results, Blows 7,800+ Cases

New Jersey Crime Lab Tech Suspended For Falsifying Test Results, Blows 7,800+ Cases

A New Jersey Crime Lab technician was suspended with pay, after he was found writing down results of suspected marijuana, before the tests were even completed, throwing 7,827 criminal cases into doubt, damaging confidence in the workings of that state's criminal justice system. Crimin ...
Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

As addressed in my recent article, the Florida League of Cities is pushing for a dramatic and unwarranted change to Florida's Public Records Act for which no empirical justification is offered.  Further, its anecdotal reliance on cases it cites actually undermines its basic premise. T ...
Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

The basic premise of Florida's Public Records Act is that the public has a right to access any records dealing with official government business.  Its purpose is to promote public awareness and knowledge of government actions to ensure the government remains accountable to the people.  T ...
Arizona Senator Withdraws Bill That Would Have Criminalized the Recording of Cops

Arizona Senator Withdraws Bill That Would Have Criminalized the Recording of Cops

The Arizona senator who was trying to pass a law that would have made it illegal to record police from within 20 feet withdrew his bill after a national backlash that anybody could have predicted. Anybody except John Kavanagh, the retired cop turned republican legislator who failed to ...