Pamela ColloffTo the many people asking what they can do, in the wake of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' devastating decision in Joe Bryan's case: educate yourself about your local races for DA & sheriff. Who's advocating for reform? Here's a good place to start
Pamela ColloffBREAKING: Attorneys for James Dailey--the Florida death row inmate I wrote about last month--have filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. They hope to convince the court to review Dailey's compelling claims of innocence.
"Even in my darkest hours, Karen made me feel like everything was all going to be OK," one of her clients wrote. "That justice hadn’t left me behind."
Pamela ColloffExoneree Julie Rea, who I wrote about last year, on her late attorney Karen Daniel: “Even in my darkest hours, Karen made me feel like everything was all going to be OK — that justice hadn’t left me behind.”
The testimony of a notorious con artist and jailhouse informant could mean the difference between life and death.
Pamela ColloffPlease read this powerful @nytimes opinion piece about death row inmate James Dailey, who faces imminent execution. Florida prosecutors used dubious jailhouse informant testimony to secure his conviction & death sentence. His stay of execution ends Monday.
A Mississippi judge will allow Flowers to leave jail to await a possible seventh trial.
Pamela ColloffWhat a lede: “Curtis Flowers walked out of jail at 4 p.m. Monday, 23 years, six trials, and four death sentences after the day he first walked in.”
Pamela ColloffCurtis Flowers was wrongly convicted, in part, because of a jailhouse informant named Odell Hallmon, who went on to murder three people after prosecutors & law enforcement cut him deal after deal. Hallmon said, "I used those SOB’s just like they used me.”
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year. Here is the best in crime reporting.
Pamela ColloffEach one of the eight stories on @Longreads' Best of Crime Reporting 2019 list was written by, or co-written by, a woman. 🏆🔥
I wrote about @RachelAviv's haunting piece, "Show of Force."
The creator of Scientific Content Analysis, or SCAN, says the tool can identify deception. Law enforcement has used his method for decades, even though there’s no reliable science behind it. Even the CIA and FBI have bought in.
Pamela ColloffMake the time to read this mind-boggling @bykenarmstrong story about a "forensic" tool that law enforcement--including the FBI & CIA--use even though it's absurd on its face, is not supported by one iota of science, and can lead to wrongful convictions.
Paul Skalnik is a grifter with a long criminal record. He may also be one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in American history.
Pamela ColloffPaul Skalnik is a con artist with a long criminal record. He may also be one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in U.S. history. His testimony could soon send a man to his death. My latest for @propublica and @NYTmag
The Supreme Court restarted the death penalty in 1976 after ruling it unconstitutional. Our numbers show that race remains an overwhelming factor.
Pamela ColloffIn Texas in the 1970s and 1980s, "people of color made up 51 percent of those sentenced to death. This percentage has grown to 75 percent in the past 10 years." Remarkable work from @LilianaSegura & @chronic_jordan, who developed a death penalty dataset.
As Texas forges ahead with execution plans, three more witnesses come forward with explosive accounts.
Pamela ColloffDespite Reed’s impending execution, “the court has denied requests for DNA testing, including on the belt the state alleged was used to strangle Stites. If it was the murder weapon, the belt would almost certainly retain the genetic trace of her killer.”
Yesterday, with outstanding help from Proskauer Rose, our Duke Law students in the Amicus Lab (Nita Farahany and I teach the course) filed an amicus brief on behalf of a remarkable group of signato…
Pamela ColloffBREAKING: Leading legal scholars file amicus brief in Joe Bryan's case, which is before Texas' highest criminal court. New scientific research on the reliability of blood pattern analysis "indisputably contradicts the evidence relied upon to convict him."