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Exoneree Ted Bradford from Washington State  spoke about his experience on false confessions last Friday at the Annual Conference for Washington Defender Association.

On September 29, 1995, a woman was raped in her home in Yakima, Washington.  Six months later, on April 1, 1996, Bradford was arrested on an unrelated charge.

The detectives interrogated Bradford for over eight hours and obtained his confession to the crime. Only the last 38 minutes of the interrogation was recorded, after Bradford had finally confessed to the crime he did not commit.

I don’t know why I confessed”, Bradford said, “I just wanted to be out of that situation. I wish I could take my confession back, but I can’t.

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Colorado Man to Be Released Today Posted: April 30, 2012 12:30 pm Innocence Project client Robert Dewey is expected to be released today from the Mesa County Courthouse after DNA testing proved his innocence in a 1994 Grand Junction murder. It will be the first DNA exoneration in the state. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has joined the Innocence Project and other defense counsel in seeking Dewey’s release. MSNBC reports: Dewey consistently maintained his innocence. At Dewey’s original sentencing, then-Mesa County District Judge Charles Buss was quoted in local media as telling the defendant that, “I am happy to impose it (a life sentence) on you.”

Dewey replied: “There’s still a killer out there.” See the MSNBC coverage.

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Colorado Man to Be Released Today Posted: April 30, 2012 12:30 pm Innocence Project client Robert Dewey is expected to be released today from the Mesa County Courthouse after DNA testing proved his innocence in a 1994 Grand Junction murder. It will be the first DNA exoneration in the state. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has joined the Innocence Project and other defense counsel in seeking Dewey’s release. MSNBC reports: Dewey consistently maintained his innocence. At Dewey’s original sentencing, then-Mesa County District Judge Charles Buss was quoted in local media as telling the defendant that, “I am happy to impose it (a life sentence) on you.”

Dewey replied: “There’s still a killer out there.” See the MSNBC coverage.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNS 40 YEARS’ SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR ‘ANGOLA 2,’ CALLING IT ‘MOST EXTREME’ | Amnesty International USA


 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNS 40 YEARS’ SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR ‘ANGOLA 2,’ CALLING IT ‘MOST EXTREME’ | Amnesty International USA.

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Missouri Attorney General Opposes Justice for George Allen George Allen has served 30 years for a 1982 murder and rape in St. Louis, Missouri. Allen, who is schizophrenic, was originally arrested because police mistook him for a convicted sex offender who was a suspect in the case. Rather than let Allen go, they interrogated him anyway, eventually obtaining a confession that even one of the interrogating officers now admits he has doubts about.

The Innocence Project and attorneys from Bryan Cave LLP have discovered serology evidence that semen recovered from the robe that the victim was wearing when she was attacked didn’t match the defendant or the victim’s known sexual partners. DNA testing hasMissouri Attorney General Opposes Justice for George Allen George Allen has served 30 years for a 1982 murder and rape in St. Louis, Missouri. Allen, who is schizophrenic, was originally arrested because police mistook him for…

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Canadian on death row expected to plead for his life in Montana this week


 

Canadian on death row expected to plead for his life in Montana this week.

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Scientists provide first large-scale estimate of reef shark losses in the Pacific Ocean


 

Scientists provide first large-scale estimate of reef shark losses in the Pacific Ocean.

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Figures released by UNICEF  in 2010 showed that more than 20% of adolescent children in Belarus suffered from disabilities and chronic illness. Belarus absorbed 70% of Chernobyl’s fallout…..

VIDEOS   http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/iyw-chernobyl-children/?hpt=wo_mid  26 years on: helping Chernobyl’s children, By Katie Walmsley, CNN April 25, 2012  Chernobyl refuses to be relegated to the past. Indeed it may still be devastating the lives of millions who continue to live in the fallout zone. Aside from the potential health hazards of living in an area contaminated with radiation, domino socioeconomic effects have caused multiple problems in these regions.

Chernobyl Children International , or CCI, works to help kids in the region whose lives have been impacted by a disaster that happened years before they were born. Many suffer from physical problems such as congenital heart defects. Many kids have chronic illnesses or disabilities, and many live full time in institutions.

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Thousands may lose their Internet access on July 9th – English pravda.ru


 

Thousands may lose their Internet access on July 9th – English pravda.ru.

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European, US Austerity Drive is Suicidal: Nobel Economist Stiglitz | Common Dreams


 

European, US Austerity Drive is Suicidal: Nobel Economist Stiglitz | Common Dreams.