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CA: Orange County Snitch Scandal Grows in Depth and Breadth

CA: Orange County Snitch Scandal Grows in Depth and Breadth

The Open File has taken stock of the ongoing jailhouse informant scandal surrounding the Orange County District Attorney’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s office with some regularity over the past few years. Remarkably, the fallout continues three years after...

National Forensic Science Update

National Forensic Science Update

In an unsurprising development, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared a winner in the battle between science—that is, real science—and forensic science. Embracing forensic science, as he always has, Sessions has allowed a crucial body, the National Commission on...

Prosecutorial Misconduct Produces Wrongful Convictions

Prosecutorial Misconduct Produces Wrongful Convictions

The National Registry of Exonerations, an academic project that tracks and analyzes exonerations in the United States, published two reports yesterday. One is an annual summary called “Exonerations in 2016.” The second is a special report called “Race and Wrongful...

Scholar Critiques Prosecutorial Embrace of Junk Science

Scholar Critiques Prosecutorial Embrace of Junk Science

As we explained a few months ago, highly-respected scientists have levied heavy criticisms against our criminal justice system’s reliance on various forensic sciences. In September 2016, we wrote: This week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and...

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