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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Exoneration Roundup

Wisconsin CrimProf Keith Findley who works on that school's Innocence Project has an op-ed favoring taping of interrogations.  A British columnist paid a settlement and apologized to a Conservative Member of Parliament and his wife; the columnist repeated false claims that the couple had committed a sexual assault.  Eduardo Velasquez, imprisoned for a rape he did not commit, is the first to file a suit for compensation under a new Massachusetts law; if he gets the maximum award, it will amount to about $100 per day.  Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized to the "Guildford Four" and the "Maguire 7", who were wrongfully imprisoned in 1974 for an IRA bombing and released 11 years later.  In the news this week were charges against people falsely claiming to have been sexually assaulted in New York, Kentucky, Virginia and Masachusetts; a British woman who admitted she lied about her claim that her husband raped her avoided jail time when he pleaded for her release. [Jack Chin]

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