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The Ryan Ferguson Case Highlights The Difficulty Of Correcting A Wrongful Conviction

Ryan Ferguson was wrongfully convicted in 2001 of second-degree murder of Columbia Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Ferguson is one of roughly 2.3 million people currently housed in America’s prison system. The United States incarcerates more people than any civilized nation on earth. A majority of those convicted are guilty as charged …

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Mississippi Death Row Inmate Jeffrey Havard Is a Victim of Wrongful Conviction

Jeffrey Havard currently sits wrongfully convicted on death row in Mississippi for the sexual assault and murder of his girlfriend’s six-month-old daughter, Chloe Britt. Chloe’s death was a tragic accident, not a murder. Havard accidentally dropped Chloe after giving her a bath. According to Havard, Chloe slipped out of his hands and hit her head on the toilet. The evidence …

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The Damage Caused By Wrongful Convictions Is Not Repaired By Exoneration Alone

William “Bill” Dillon was wrongfully convicted in Florida for the murder of forty-year-old James Dvorak in 1981. It would take over twenty-seven years for Dillon to clear his name. The prosecution secured the conviction based on a bloody shirt found at the crime scene and testimony provided by John Preston and his “scent-tracking” German Shepherd. Preston testified in over 100 …

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