The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a defense counsel who was unaware that the state provided funds for defense experts witnesses was ineffective, causing his client to get an unfair trial. That’s a start. But it would be nice if the court looked at the fairness of states that don’t provide funding for defense expert witnesses and took a more active role in keeping frauds and junk science out of criminal trials.
A Maryland police officer assaults videographer, tells him he “lost” his freedom of speech. Maryland was one of a few battleground states when the right to record cops issue boiled over a few years ago. So police in that state, more than others, ought to know that recording on-duty cops in public is protected by the First Amendment.
A man held for 10 months and then released with no charges in an Oklahoma murder investigation is now suing, alleging that police “coerced testimony, fabricated evidence and ignored proof of his innocence.”