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Charlie Rose, Innocence Project

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Monday’s Charlie Rose has an interview with Byron Halsey, a former inmate released from prison after DNA evidence changed the verdict and his lawyer, Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a non profit dedicated to research and advocacy related to the causes of wrongful convictions.

May 16, 2007 — A man who served 19 years in prison for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s children was set free yesterday after DNA evidence proved that a next-door neighbor – the star prosecution witness – was responsible for the heinous crime.

Walking out of the same New Jersey courthouse where he had been sentenced to life in prison in 1988, Byron Halsey, 46, thanked God as he embraced his family, supporters and the team of lawyers who had worked to have his conviction overturned.

NY Post: ‘WRONG MAN’ FREE AFTER 19 YRS. – & REAL ‘KILLER’ WAS STAR WITNESS

According to Schenk, Clifton Hall, Halsey’s neighbor who has since been confirmed as the source of DNA evidence at the scene, has committed three additional violent sexual assaults since the incident for which Halsey was wrongfully convicted.

Charlie Rose: A Conversation about the Innocence Project, A Discussion about DNA and its impact on the Judicial System

On a somewhat related note, recent studies have once again reinvigorated the discussion of any deterrent effect in the Death Penalty.

Death Penalty and Deterrence

Freakonomics asks Does the Death Penalty Really Reduce Crime? Some new studies have concluded that it does. Freakonomics points out the excellent overview of Donohue and Wolfers in Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate.

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