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  • "Final Justice

    For seven years, the WEWS-TV Investigative Unit researched and reported the case of a Cleveland man, Darrell Houston, who was serving "33 years to life" in prison. By uncovering new witnesses and interviewing past jurors, the investigation by WEWS eventually led to a new trial, the release of Houston and the exoneration of his "murder and robbery charges."

    Tags: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court; Nancy Fuerst; judge; Ohio Court of Appeals; Cleveland Police Department; Nancy Margaret Russo; jury; court

    By Ron Regan; Dorian Thompson; David Arnold; David Hatala; Rob Gardner

    WEWS-TV (Cleveland)

    2010

  • Small Town Justice

    Jean Claude Meus was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The Florida Highway Patrol put together evidence showing Meus fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of his semi truck and overturned on minivan, killing a mother and daughter. The investigative team interviewed the first witness on the scene of the accident, who said Meus was alert and helpful immediately after the crash. Using evidence obtained from measurements, photos, etc., the asked an outside expert to map the scene and reconstruct the crash. The conclusion? Meus was awake and intentionally steered his truck off the roadway. The story fit with what Meus said, that he had swerved to avoid an oncoming car and lost control before overturning onto the van. When two jurors on the case agreed to meet with the new team and look at the new evidence, they concluded they would not have been able to convict Meus if this information had been presented at trial.

    Tags: wrongful conviction; Florida; vehicular homicide; reconstructed evidence; mapping; highway patrol

    By Doug Smith; Lisa Blegen;Craig Davisson

    WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.)

    2008

  • Final Justice

    For five years, the investigative team from WEWS reviewed trial testimonies, interviewed witnesses and jurors and uncovered police records obtained through the Ohio Open Records Act in order to prove that Darrell Houston, serving time in prison for murder, was innocent. Their two part report found sufficient evidence for a new trial.

    Tags: innocent; trial testimonies; police records; time in prison; suspect; convicted; justice

    By Ron Regan; Dorian Thompson; Dave Arnold; Dave Hatala

    WEWS-TV (Cleveland)

    2007

  • On Hold

    On Oct. 22, 2007 there was a mistrial for the federal case of five men who worked for the Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation, because they were believed to be funding the Palestinian terrorist organization, the Hamas. After four monts of trial, the jury came to a verdict on Oct. 18 but the judge let the jury go home for the weekend before reading the verdict on Oct. 22. Three jurors decided they didn't agree with the verdict, adding to the case ending in a mistrial.

    Tags: terrorism; moslim; A. Joe Fish;

    By Miriam Rozen

    Texas Lawyer (Dallas)

    2007

  • Firefighter's Explosion

    The Star reinvestigated "the case of five Kansas Citians convicted in 1997 of setting arson fires ten years earlier that sparked an explosion killing six Kansas City firefighters." The Star found that many of the witnesses who testified stood to gain from their claims and that the jurors misunderstood their instructions.

    Tags: arson; trial; jury; evidence; testimony; witness; firefighters;

    By Mike McGraw; Mike Mansur

    Star (Kansas City, Mo.)

    2007

  • Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice

    "An unprecedented examination of every Santa Clara County criminal jury trial decided on appeal over a five-year period, documenting that widespread errors and misconduct in the criminal justice system have been routinely tolerated, in the worst cases [resulting in] wrongful convictions of innocent people."

    Tags: judge; juror; lawyer; Miguel Sermeno; Bobby Herrera; prosecutor; defense attorney

    By Fredric N. Tulsky

    Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)

    2006

  • Every Contact Leaves a Trace

    "This book is an oral history that focuses on the realities of crime scene investigation, based on extensive interviews with eighty forensic experts throughout the U.S. The major finding was that the depictions of crime scene investigation in TV shows such as 'CSI' and its many off-shoots have created a set of expectations, on the part of the publi, jurors, and police, that has had the unintended effect of compromising both timely crime scene analysis and fair jury trials."

    Tags: Forensics; crime scene; CSI; detective; clues;

    By Connie Fletcher

    Book

    2006

  • Small Town Justice

    A Haitian truck driver, Jean Claude Meus, was convicted of vehicular homicide after a semi he was driving turned over and fell on a minivan, killing a mother and daughter. While no drugs or alcohol were present in his system at the time of the accident, prosecutors were able to push a conviction based on their assertion that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, and was thus driving recklessly. But WTVT-TV investigators "found convincing evidence that (he) did not fall asleep, and in fact, was trying to avoid an accident." An off-duty firefighter was a witness at the scene, and asserted that Meus was "alert and helpful immediately after the crash." Yet the lead investigator, who attended high school with victim Nona Moore, never interview Juan Otero, the off-duty firefighter. With the help of experts, WTVT reconstructed the crash, and the conclusion drawn was that Meus had turned off the road to avoid an obstruction. Further, WTVT spoke with jurors who said that with that new evidence, they would not have voted to convict.

    Tags: Unfair trials; Florida Highway Patrol; quick convictions; crash reconstruction; juror bias; investigator bias; racial profiling; all-white jury

    By Doug Smith; Lisa Blegen; Craig Davisson

    WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.)

    2006

  • Striking Differences

    This team of reporters spent two years gathering and analyzing jury data from felony court trials to see if racial discrimination still played a key role in jury selection. The investigation found that prosecutors tend to reject African-American jurors, while defense attorneys tended to retain them. Consequently, the number of African-Americans serving on juries in Dallas more or less mirrored the breakdown of the population.

    Tags: juries; jurors; courts; law; jury selection; racial discrimination; racism; racial profiling; murder trials; felony conviction; criminal courts

    By Steve McGonigle;Holly Becka;Jennifer LaFleur;Tim Wyatt

    Dallas Morning News

    2005

  • Unreasonable Doubt

    Ted White was convicted of molesting his 12 year old daughter but the court allows for a second trial after learning that the ex-wife was having an affair with the police detective investigating the case at the time. But the second trial ends with 11 out of 12 jurors believing that White is innocent. Investigation reveals that many of the allegations made were hard to believe.

    Tags: child molester; sex abuse; Missouri; injustice; court trial

    By Allie Johnson

    Pitch Weekly (Kansas City

    2004