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I am a visual artist and writer living in Canada who writes about art and the criminal justice system with a focus on injustice and the role that the media and arts play in contemporary culture.

Pinocchio Law Keeps Jeffrey Havard on Death Row Despite His Innocence

[Havard] argues… “newly discovered evidence debunking shaken baby syndrome proves he is actually innocent of capital murder.” [The state] disagrees. “But first, [the state] would note that actual innocence does not entitle [Jeff Havard] to relief.  ‘Actual innocence is a gateway claim made by petitioners in order to receive review of an otherwise procedurally barred claim.’ Pruitt, 2013 WL3479422 at 2 (ND …

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