In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives -- from career gains to lab test payments -- may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.
According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.
In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?
Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney's chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.
It's been a long, drawn-out process involving a series of completely inscrutable hairstyle choices, but legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
The government on Wednesday released some of the evidence collected against biological weapons researcher Bruce E. Ivins, who died of suicide July 29. Anonymous sources peppered media reports earlier in the week, saying that much of the case relied on circumstantial evidence. So far, those reports appear to have been correct.
The evidence collected from rape victims after they've been assaulted goes into something called a rape kit. It's the product of a lengthy and uncomfortable examination process that, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, far too often leads to nothing. Some 400,000 rape kits are sitting in storage, untested, right now.