Category: Prosecutorial Misconduct

Horry County Police Department Sex Assault and Cover-Ups

Horry County Police officials knew about multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by officers and took no action to address them, a failure that resulted in more women being sexually assaulted by officers over a 10-year period, according to court documents released last week. The allegations were part of a motion filed by Jane Doe 3, [..]

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False Confessions and False Testimony

I’ve seen plenty of blog posts and articles about false confessions and how they happen. There is no question that coercive interrogation techniques will cause some people to say whatever a detective wants them to say and it has been proven over and again. What about when law enforcement or prosecutors use the same techniques [..]

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Errors in South Carolina Crime Labs

An audit of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) crime has revealed flawed examinations of gunshot residue samples over a period of a year and a half. The errors were found in 34 shooting cases in 13 different judicial districts and include samples tested in police officer Michael Slager’s North Charleston murder of unarmed [..]

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Forensic Sciences – Search for Truth or Prosecution Tool?

After a decade or so of progress in identifying and acknowledging the huge problems with forensic science used to obtain convictions in our nation’s courtrooms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month disbanded the nonpartisan National Commission on Forensic Science and announced that the department would no longer review closed cases for inaccurate or unsupported statements [..]

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The Largest Mass Dismissal of Cases in the History of the United States

Before she crashed and burned, Annie Dookhan was a superhero at the Massachusetts state crime lab. She processed and tested drug samples three times as fast as her colleagues and assisted in obtaining convictions in thousands of cases involving an estimated 40,000 drug samples. An audit performed in 2010 found that she was working unusually [..]

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Curtilage – Can a Police Officer Search Your Yard Without a Warrant?

In State v. Bash, a unanimous S.C. Supreme Court upheld the circuit court’s suppression of powder and crack cocaine based on the officers’ unconstitutional search of the defendant’s yard without consent or a warrant.  An officer testified at trial that “one of the agents . . . received . . . a phone call stating [..]

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