“Oregon Supreme Court Tosses Non-Unanimous Jury Conviction,” by Conrad Wilson, OPB June 5, 2020. Link to the Oregon Supreme Court website.
Do you want more information about the Oregon Innocence Project and Deschutes County District Attorney investigation that you read about in the Washington Post? See below for link to the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) podcast featuring an interview with Steve Wax and John Hummel.
“Discovery of dog exonerates Oregon man in criminal case” (Wash Post headline)
“A dead-dog story helped convict a man of child sex abuse. Then the black lab was found alive.” (Another Washington Post headline)
Excerpt: “…. In State v. Dye, the Washington Supreme Court threw prosecutor’s a bone in ruling that use of a facility dog (assigned to the court house to provide comfort to witnesses) was not unduly prejudicial and did not violate the defendant’s right to a fair trial. Washington state has been at the forefront of using canines in court. King County started using them in 2004 and since then, “34 specially trained dogs are at work in 17 states….” [Link to full blog post.]‘
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From a 1/25/12, Law in the News link, we travel to this story from England:
Excerpt: “An English court has sentenced a juror to six months in prison for contempt of court after she performed research on the Internet and forced the abandonment of a criminal trial.