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Reasonable Doubt Finale: Why You Ought To Care

odds prison

This is part 8 and the final installment of a series called Reasonable Doubt. Read the other parts here. It’s a fact that most people don’t give prison a second thought. Many, like I did, just assume, somewhere in the deep recesses of their mind, that only bad people go to prison. They imagine prison as

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Reasonable Doubt Part 7: The Executed Innocent

George Ryan Illinois

This is part 7 of a series called Reasonable Doubt. Read the other parts here. In 1999, in the state of Illinois, death row inmate Anthony Porter won a stay of execution… just two days before he was to be put to death. The stay was based on a claim by his defense lawyers that Porter was

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Reasonable Doubt Part 6: Jailhouse Snitches

Prison cell

This is part 6 of a series called Reasonable Doubt. Read the other parts here. While many of the causes of wrongful convictions are surprising and sometimes even shocking, none are so much so to me as jailhouse snitches. I mean, what crack do you have to be smoking to think that a man who

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Reasonable Doubt Part 5: Inadequate Counsel

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This is part 5 of a series called Reasonable Doubt. Read the other parts here. It almost sounds like a slapstick comedy script. A defendant is on trial for a capital offence and faces the death penalty. His lawyer decides the trial is a great time to catch up on some sleep. Maybe the defense

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Reasonable Doubt Part 4 : Junk Science

Forensics fingerprint

This post is part of a series about wrongful convictions. To read the previous posts, click here. If you’ve ever been gobsmacked at the lies antivaxxers spout, or the idea that grazing on your own backyard lawn can cure cancer, or that 2 million people praying can somehow alter the collective consciousness of the entire planet,

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Reasonable Doubt Part 3: False Confessions

Jeffrey Deskovic

This is Part 3 of a series about reasonable doubt and the American justice system. You can read the previous parts here. It’s near unthinkable: the idea that under certain circumstances you would ever knowingly incriminate yourself in the presence of police for a crime you did not commit. I would be willing to bet that

Reasonable Doubt Part 2: Eyewitness Testimony

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Read Part 1 | Read Part 3 Last week, I wrote about why it’s so important for average citizens to understand what reasonable doubt is, and how a “not guilty” verdict is not the same as finding a defendant “innocent”. I want you to watch something, to recap what I said. The OJ Simpson trial,

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Reasonable Doubt Part 1: Burden Of Proof & Skepticism

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Reasonable Doubt is a new series I am going to be writing that explores what reasonable doubt actually means. It’s become an epidemic across many nations with the jury system, that juries simply do not understand what reasonable doubt is. As a skeptic and a human rights activist, this infuriates me more than most issues do.

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