Witness Testimony

The lawyer for a New Jersey man accused of murdering his missing friend and dumping her body off the Belmar Bridge says his client told an acquaintance about plans to strangle and kill the alleged victim only as part of a horror film plot.
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12:58pm
1.5.2018
The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the “earwitness testimony” from the lone survivor in the horrific 2008 quadruple murder and arson in Irvington. The state’s highest court upheld last year’s appellate rejection of the defendant's arguments...
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11:48am
12.8.2017
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A prosecutor told a jury that he would prove an 85-year-old former Catholic priest murdered a South Texas teacher and ex-beauty queen 57 years ago. The assertion came as the Hidalgo County jury heard opening statements and testimony Thursday in the...
by Associated Press
10:37am
12.4.2017
A murder charge against a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister should be dismissed because prosecutors misled the grand jury that indicted her, a defense attorney said.
by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press
11:55am
11.27.2017
The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the recollections of a man who said he witnessed his mother’s murder at age 8 should lead to a new trial for two people serving life sentences. Charmous Skinner Jr., now 27, said the wrong men are in...
by Ed White, Associated Press
1:13pm
11.3.2017
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A new study by two statisticians at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) contends likelihood ratios should not be used in American courtrooms—since the attempt at objectivity is actually only a mathematical model of an expert’s...
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11:51am
10.13.2017
A forensic interview with a 2-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person to ever give evidence for a U.K. criminal court, helped prosecutors send a child sexual abuser to prison for 10 years.
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12:31pm
10.12.2017
The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.
by John O'Connor, Associated Press
11:30am
9.22.2017
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A former caseworker faces forgery and other charges for false reporting interviews with victims, family members or witnesses in 12 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect, prosecutors said on Monday.
by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
12:03pm
9.19.2017
A California state parole panel recommended the release of Leslie Van Houten, the youngest “Manson Family” member convicted in the infamous 1969 murder spree, on Wednesday.
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12:33pm
9.7.2017
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Sleep may influence an eyewitness's ability to correctly pick a guilty person out of a police lineup, indicates a study by Michigan State University researchers.
by Michigan State University
12:05pm
9.7.2017
A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged...
by Ed White, Associated Press
9:33am
8.18.2017
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A Boston man who spent 38 years in prison in the killing of a cab driver was released Tuesday after a prosecutor agreed to vacate his conviction based on "significant doubt" about the fairness of his trial, including the reliance on a witness who...
by Associated Press
9:11am
8.9.2017
An Ohio appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a Cleveland man to seek financial compensation for his time behind bars after the court found he was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years following a murder conviction. The ruling said authorities...
by Associated Press
11:25am
7.26.2017
A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:17pm
7.20.2017
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A blind man, who worked as a trainee officer at a public sector bank, has been found guilty of repeatedly raping a 32-year-old widow, also blind. The woman identified her tormentor by his voice in court.
by Bagish Jha, The Times of India
9:35am
7.19.2017
Nine people were charged Tuesday with agreeing to help concoct alibis for a Florida murder suspect who last year staged a brazen escape from a crowded courtroom and is accused of killing a woman whose family founded the Halliburton oil services...
by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
10:48am
7.12.2017
A federal appeals court has ruled that two expert witnesses who testified to later discredited bite mark evidence—which led to the murder convictions of two men who have since been cleared by DNA evidence—are covered under “qualified immunity”...
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3:29pm
6.30.2017
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A trend in forensic science is to quantify as much evidence as possible. But an expert witness, who spends their entire career analyzing trace evidence, also has a role in the courtroom, argues a former crime lab director in the journal Forensic...
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10:09am
6.29.2017
A Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a 1999 robbery was freed after supporters found another man who looked enough like him that the victim and other witnesses said they could no longer be sure who committed the crime.
by Associated Press
9:28am
6.13.2017
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