“As Exonerations Grow, States Make Them Harder To Win”
Last month, Law360 reported about a lawsuit brought against Los Angeles County by Thomas Goldstein, who had been imprisoned 24 years on a murder conviction for which he was later exonerated in 2004. Tragic stories like Goldstein’s are coming to light with alarming frequency.
According to a report just released by the National Registry of Exonerations, 2013 saw 87 individuals exonerated of crimes for which they had previously been convicted, and 40 of those had been convicted of murder (including one who had been sentenced to death). Last year’s figures continue a long-term trend in this country — exonerations have been on the increase over many years, thanks to increasing sophistication of DNA testing and the hard work of public interest and pro bono lawyers on innocence cases.