A confederate monument still stands in front of the courthouse where Rodricus Crawford was sentenced to die. (Michael Barera / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

John Thompson was convicted of murder in Louisiana in 1985 and exonerated in 2003. When he walked free, he had survived 14 years on death row and seven execution dates. …

During the opening credits of Las Vegas Law, a 2016 Investigation Discovery show, a voice over announces, “Vegas. It’s exotic, exciting, excessive,” and the evenly-tanned face of the Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson appears. “I’m Steve Wolfson,” he says, “I’m not afraid of the cameras seeing what we do.”

Mecklenburg County Courthouse. By Upstateherd, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Mecklenburg, North Carolina District Attorney R. Andrew Murray doesn’t seem to understand the problem with the county’s deferred prosecutions system, even after a group of faith leaders held a press conference Monday morning, arguing that the current system discriminates against the poor most in need of help.

The protest was…

Photo: DNA Lab at University of Michigan

On March 20, 1998, Harriet Thompson was found dead in her Salem, Oregon, apartment. The scene was gruesome, “a scene from a slaughterhouse” the District Attorney would say — blood stains on the floor, bloody shoe-prints, bloody towels, a bloody bathroom and a broken, bloody knife. …

Jessica Pishko

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store