By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
A former Baltimore County police chemist, whose work is being questioned by a nationally renowned legal clinic, left the department four months after acknowledging she did not understand the science of her forensic tests and that her blood work in a death-penalty case was "worthless," court papers show. Some local defense attorneys and officials with the Innocence Project, the New York-based clinic, say that this 1987 testimony, during a pretrial hearing in Robert Bedford's murder case, raises more warning flags about Concepcion Bacasnot's forensic work, and about how the former chemist may have affected Baltimore County defendants throughout the 1980s.
By MIKE ROYKO | September 26, 1994
I'm disappointed to learn that I blindly missed a defining moment in American history.This has come to my attention in the many gushing reviews of a new movie called "Quiz Show."The movie is loosely based on the true story of how a popular TV quiz show from the 1950s called "Twenty-One" was rigged to heighten suspense and boost ratings and profits.Most of the critics say the movie is of great significance because the quiz-show scandal marked the loss of our national innocence.Americans were supposedly stunned to discover that they couldn't believe everything they saw on their rabbit-eared TV sets.
By Benjamin Civiletti | August 4, 1997
WALTER MCMILLIAN was released from Death Row to the welcoming arms of his family after the state of Alabama admitted that prosecutors had willfully withheld evidence of his innocence.He had been convicted of murder in a two-day trial seven years earlier. Although no physical evidence linked him to the crime, three witnesses, who had all received favors from the state for testifying, connected him to the murder. All three later said they lied on the stand. One said he was pressured by the prosecutors to implicate Mr. McMillian.
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | June 27, 1994
For years they sat in prison, convicted of heinous crimes they say they didn't commit. Then a scientific test gave credence to their claims of innocence and, almost miraculously, helped set them free.From Maryland to Kansas, at least nine defendants -- including two who faced the death penalty -- had rape or murder convictions overturned through a technology known as "DNA typing."Their release from prison not only changed the public persona of these men, it exposed -- in the view of those familiar with these cases -- the fallibility of a system that purports justice for all."
February 3, 1993
A Texan on death row asked the Supreme Court to grant him a new hearing on the basis of new evidence his lawyers obtained 10 years after his trial. He says it shows he is innocent of the murder for which he was convicted and sentenced to death. The court turned him down.Given the high court's previous interpretations of the Constitution on the death penalty and timetables for appeals, this was no doubt the right decision to make: The new evidence cited in this case by the death row inmate was not compelling, and the inmate had long ago lost several post-conviction appeals.
By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
Linda Fiorentino as a good girl!She's just one of the surprises in "Unforgettable," a violent, creepy thriller in which Fiorentino, the ultimate femme fatale in "The Last Seduction," co-stars with Ray Liotta.John Dahl, who also directed "Seduction," keeps the twists coming in a pretty twisted story, contrived but entertaining. Liotta stars as a medical examiner who is obsessed with solving his wife's murder -- especially since he was arrested for the crime and, although the charges were dismissed, is still assumed to be the killer.
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2000
Kirk Bloodsworth of Cambridge is a wanted man again. The press wants him. Geraldo wants him. Congress wants him. They all want him to talk, just tell his story one more time for the record. He is an expert on his life story, and the public is prepared to believe him now. Kirk Noble Bloodsworth is telling the truth. "I'm having great difficulty putting my life together," Bloodsworth testified last month before a House subcommittee on crime. Congress is considering a bill, called the Innocence Protection Act, that would ensure convicted offenders have a chance to prove their innocence through DNA testing.
By New York Times News Service | May 6, 1994
Joseph Jett, the dismissed Kidder, Peabody & Co. managing director, asserted his innocence in court filings yesterday and demanded that the firm release nearly $5 million frozen in his accounts.Kidder has refused to release the money since accusing Mr. Jett last month of creating $350 million in phantom trades to conceal trading losses and to inflate his 1993 bonus of $9 million."Mr. Jett vehemently denies any wrongdoing," his lawyers said in papers filed with the New York Supreme Court and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
October 10, 1991
This bet stinksNow, for the obligatory story about the obligatory bebetween politicians in cities whose teams are involved in postseason play:Pittsburgh councilmen Bernard "Baldy" Regan and Duane Darkins have wagered a day on a garbage truck that the Pirates will beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League playoffs.If the Braves win, Regan and Darkins will spend a day picking up Atlanta garbage. If the Pirates win, Atlanta Councilman Bill Campbell will do the dirty work in Pittsburgh.Politicians and garbage . . . nah, it's too obvious.
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 23, 2000
A Glen Burnie man who murdered his wife and the next day took his lover and 11-year-old son to see the violent film "Pulp Fiction" was sentenced Friday to life in prison. David A. Dicus, 41, gazed at his son Lucas, 15, as he was led in handcuffs from a packed Anne Arundel County circuit courtroom after Judge Ronald A. Silkworth pronounced the sentence. Dicus was convicted in November of strangling his wife, Terry L. Keefer, on July 28, 1995, and dumping her body near Scaggsville. At the trial, his lover testified that Dicus killed his wife because a lawyer had told him he would not win sole custody of their son in the divorce he was contemplating.
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