The definition of fairness

(For example, classroom rules apply to everyone.) .

Fairness: the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable:

He had a real sense of fairness and hated injustice.
The ban on media reporting has made some people question the fairness of the election (= ask whether it was fair).

Cambridge Dictionary

1 What is “Prosecutorial Misconduct”? Former D.A. explains

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Gepubliceerd op 30 jan. 2013

More info at… A former district attorney — now criminal defense lawyer — explains the law of prosecutorial misconduct in California. In this video, the former D.A. explains that the legal definition of prosecutorial misconduct is when the prosecutor behaves improperly, to the detriment of the defendant. This can happen before, during or after jury trial. If it happens at trial and taints the jury, the judge will often remedy the situation by declaring a mistrial and starting the trial over again. When prosecutorial misconduct happens, it is a strategic call by the defense lawyer whether or not to seek a mistrial.
Willis Morgan
The Art of Convicting the Innocent

Florida has a long history of falsely accusing and wrongly convicting suspects in our criminal justice system, putting innocent men in prison and even on death row. In December 2000, after spending fourteen years on Florida’s death row, Frank Lee Smith died of cancer on January 30, 2000, before he was exonerated by DNA of the 1985 rape and murder of eight-year-old Shandra Whitehead. Appallingly, the police and prosecutors did their best to get a witness to say it was Frank Smith, even after she said she wasn’t sure, very much as Detective Smith tried to do with Jennie Warren in the Adam Walsh case, when the HPD tried to pin Adam’s murder on Toole.

The police will tell a witness that they are sure a suspect committed the crime, because they have “proof.” Not wanting a murderer to be set free, some witnesses will feel it’s their civic duty to make that identification, although not Jennie Warren. As in Ottis Toole’s case, people with intellectual disabilities or below-average intellectual function are particularly vulnerable to being wrongfully convicted. With their desire to please authority figures, they are very susceptible to being influenced during interrogation, and sometimes they confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Most law enforcement officials receive training in how to properly question these suspects, but in Ottis Toole’s case, the police and prosecutors didn’t seem to concern themselves with this formality. They just wanted a conviction.

Frank Townsend was another great example of police and prosecutorial misconduct cases where police take advantage of low IQ. His mental capacity was equivalent to that of an eight-year-old and they cajoled him into confessing. The Broward Sheriff`s Office even took Townsend to some of the murder scenes so that Townsend could show them what happened. After Assistant State Attorney Kelly Hancock prosecuted Townsend, it would take twenty-two years of Townsend’s life before he would be exonerated with DNA and another suspect was captured (October 30, 1988|BY JONATHON KING). Keep in mind, Kelly Hancock was the same attorney that gave John and Reve Walsh advice and the same attorney that sat next to Joe Matthews at the December, 2008 conviction of Ottis Toole.

I only mention these cases to show that the Adam Walsh case isn’t an aberration—rather more of a common occurrence in Florida. There are other cases like these where cops and prosecutors go after the downtrodden who have no education, no money and no family to come to their aid, in order to make themselves look good, and not just in Florida. The Adam Walsh case was just one of them. Only, no one went to prison in the Adam Walsh case. Ottis Toole had already died in prison before ex-cop Joe Matthews and the HPD pinned Adam’s murder on him.

Willis Morgan | Author of FRUSTRATED WITNESS! The True Story of the Adam Walsh Case and Police Misconduct.



2 DA Sentenced — A Look at Prosecutorial Misconduct Cases

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Richard French
Gepubliceerd op 19 nov. 2014

Robert Pasqualitto
Robert Pasqualitto
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They’re talking New York. And yes, they have had their problems with DA’s playing games, or making mistakes. But I’ll bet that there are other states where the percentage of Prosecutors withholding evidence are double, tripled, and even quadrupled. Louisiana was famous, or actually infamous for the misconduct under Harry Connick Sr., who would do whatever he had to to convict someone, even though there was plenty of evidence of the persons innocence that the Defense never knew about. There was a DA there that was proud of all the people he sent to Death Row. Even after a mountain of evidence was shown that the DA and Mr. Connick knowingly withheld evidence and lied under oath so many times, they concluded that they couldn’t find any evidence of misconduct. Texas is another one. Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona…..and I think you get the point. It’s almost laughable that they could be so incredibly guilty of murder and false imprisonment , and walk away unscathed with impunity. It’s disgraceful. Yet, it happens all the time. Still. And prosecutors know they have nothing to worry about if it’s found out.

3 Prosecutorial Ethics and the Right to a Fair Trial: The Role of the Brady Rule (Session 3)


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Speaker: Barry Scheck, Director, Innocence Project
Presented by: the Case Western Reserve Law Review

Summary: The Law Review Symposium: The Innocence Project in the Criminal Justice System

Barry Scheck, is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he has served for more than twenty-seven years, and is the Co-Director of the Innocence Project. He is Emeritus Director of Clinical Education, Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Programs, and the Jacob Burns Center for the Study of Law and Ethics. Prof. Scheck received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971 and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1974. He worked for three years as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City before joining the faculty at Cardozo.

Prof. Scheck has done extensive trial and appellate litigation in significant civil rights and criminal defense cases. He has published extensively in these areas, including a book with Jim Dwyer and Peter Neufeld entitled, Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong And How To Make It Right. He has served in prominent positions in many bar associations, including the presidency of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Since 1994 he has been a Commissioner on New York State’s Forensic Science Review Board, a body that regulates all crime and forensic DNA laboratories in the state. From 1998 – 2000, he served on the National Institute of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence.

For the past fourteen years, Scheck and Neufeld have run the Innocence Project, now an independent non-profit, affiliated with Cardozo Law School, which uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. The Project also assists police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in trying to bring about reform in many areas of the criminal justice system, including eyewitness identification procedures, interrogation methods, crime laboratory administration, and forensic science research. To date, 189 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing since 1989. You can read about each of these cases at the Innocence Project website.

In Brady v. Maryland (1963), the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant’s due process rights preclude a prosecutor from suppressing material evidence favorable to the defendant. Since the Court’s ruling, the Brady rule has shaped the boundaries of a defendant’s right to a fair trial and defined the standards of justice in the criminal system. The Case Western Reserve Law Review Symposium will explore the role of the Brady rule in various elements of a criminal case, including plea negotiations, scientific evidence and capital sentencing. Participants will also discuss the Brady rule’s impact on prosecutorial ethics in the current justice system. Please join us as many of the country’s leading experts examine the issues that are critical for maintaining each citizen’s right to a fair and just trial.

Deborah Martinez
Deborah Martinez
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Some people are not given a fair trial im a witness of it for 24 months I had a judge refusing to take my drug test as evidence said I got them from (PLUMMER) what would close my case was with held in my trial?

4 Evening With Michael Morton and Barry Scheck


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1 okt. 2014

Michael Morton, author of “Getting Life,” and Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, share Morton’s remarkable story of tragedy, injustice, and forgiveness with Friends members at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 30, 2014. Morton was exonerated on October 4, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in a Williamson County prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife.

5 The surprising reason our correctional system doesn’t work | Brandon W. Mathews | TEDxMileHigh


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In the United States, 67% of inmates released from prison will return having committed a new crime within three years. Simply put, the criminal justice system doesn’t accomplish what it was designed to do. But why is it failing? Having worked in both punishment and rehabilitation, Brandon W. Mathews argues that the solution might be simpler than we thought. Dr. Brandon Mathews is a passionate criminal justice professional with expertise in the development and implementation of innovative evidence-based correctional treatment and supervision programs. Brandon is an active researcher with the Alliance for Criminal Justice Innovation, publishing on topics like recidivism reduction, structured decision-making, risk assessment, and criminal justice education. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

6 Bryan Stevenson on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption


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Rich Fahle interviews attorney and author Bryan Stevenson about the his book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

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7 Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller Q &A


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In an age of mass incarceration and growing racial tension, how can a church committed to the flourishing of a whole city engage as ambassadors of reconciliation and restoration? Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller will help us explore ways to sustain hope through a grace filled pursuit of justice and mercy as they draw from their own calling and work.

Bryan Stevenson is one of this nation’s most influential public interest lawyers and the Founder & Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. For over 30 years, Stevenson has dedicated his life to help release those wrongly condemned on death row. He has also successfully advocated to eliminate the prosecution of children as adults. Leading the charge for a renewed conversation about racism in the US by connecting contemporary injustices with slavery, lynching, and segregation, Stevenson is the bestselling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Rev. Tim Keller has committed his life to presenting the gospel – through preaching, teaching, and church planting – in ways that challenge not just our heads but our hearts to bring about lasting transformation. Co-founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church for the last 27 years, Tim is also a prolific author. His many books have been translated into 26 languages.

Moderated by: Pamela Brown-Peterside is a long-time member of Redeemer’s Grace & Race group and has been working at Redeemer for 8 years. She currently oversees a team that cares for 90 community groups that are part of our West Side congregation. Community groups meet throughout the week usually in people’s apartments to worship, pray, study the Bible, and serve together. Before joining the Redeemer staff, Pamela worked in HIV/AIDS prevention with women in the South Bronx for almost a decade and saw firsthand the effects of poverty and mass incarceration in those communities of color. Originally from Nigeria, she has lived in New York City for over 20 years.

8 Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System with Bryan Stevenson


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Bryan Stevenson, acclaimed public interest lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative delivers the 2016 Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture on race and the criminal justice system. A roundtable conversation featuring Jennifer Eberhardt, Gary Segura, Robert Weisberg, JD ’79, Bryan Stevenson, and Katie Couric follows Bryan Stevenson’s keynote address.
OpenXChange is a year-long, student-focused initiative on campus that aims to encourage meaningful dialogue around tough issues. This is the first in a series of discussions with Stanford faculty and global experts on criminal justice, inequality and international conflict.
This event was recorded on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

9 In Conversation: Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Ray Hinton

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Anthony Ray Hinton, incarcerated on death row in Alabama for nearly thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit, and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy, discuss the 16-year legal battle that exonerated Hinton in 2015. Part of the ongoing Sackler Center series “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color.”
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on March 13, 2016. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.

10 The Forum: Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson on Just Mercy

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Milbank Tweed Forum: A talk by Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson on his recently published book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Followed by Q&A moderated by Dean Trevor Morrison

This event was co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice

“Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so. . . . [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope. . . . Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”
—David Cole, The New York Review of Books

“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.”
—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

This event was held on April 1, 2015.

11 Anthony Ray Hinton, “The Sun Does Shine”


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Anthony Ray Hinton shares his story and discusses his book, “The Sun Does Shine” at Politics and Prose on 4/2/18.

Hinton was twenty-nine when he was arrested on two counts of capital murder in Alabama in 1985. He was innocent, but he was also poor and black with an incompetent defense attorney. Hinton was convicted, sentenced to death by electrocution, and spent the first three years on death row in silent, bitter despair. Then he became determined to survive, and even to thrive. He kept his own spirits up by bolstering his fellow inmates, and found new representation with Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy. Released and exonerated in 2015, Hinton is now an advocate for prison reform and a compelling speaker on the power of hope.…

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12 The Weekly: Bryan Stevenson Extended Interview


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See Charlie’s full, extended talk with Bryan Stevenson. Catch The Weekly on ABC TV Wednesdays at 8:30pm

13 Go Soul to Soul With Civil Rights Attorney Bryan Stevenson | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN


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Oprah asks the attorney Bryan Stevenson some of life’s big questions.Oprah asks the law professor some of life’s big questions. For more on #supersoulsunday, visit

14 Tavis Smiley & Bryan Stevenson: Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam Speech


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Leading with conviction and hope, and the need for redemption.

15 Justice in an Era of Mass Imprisonment | Institute of Politics


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Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of The Equal Justice Initiative, addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on a wide range of issues relating to the US criminal justice system, such as criminal defense and fair trials, the death penalty, and the impact of race in court rulings.

16 Bryan Stevenson, Founder & Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative – Boldly Going



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17 Pomona College Criminal Justice Symposium – Master Class with Bryan Stevenson

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On March 28-30, noted activists, scholars and artists, including keynote speaker and Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson, visited Pomona College to discuss the U.S. criminal justice system. Here, Bryan Stevenson engages in a master class with Pomona students, answering questions on the effectiveness of the law over public policy, what keeps him motivated and truth and reconciliation with our nation’s history of slavery. Learn more about the Symposium activities on Facebook or become a member of the new Pomona College Book Club on Goodreads to discuss Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

18 NYU Law Professor Bryan Stevenson explains why he wrote “Just Mercy,” his first book

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NYU School of Law
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“Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson is a professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal representation for condemned prisoners and juvenile offenders (learn more: A MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, Stevenson was honored with the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction) for “Just Mercy.”

19 Bryan Stevenson


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Ford Foundation Visionaries Award recipient and founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson challenges the fundamental injustice of poverty and fights bias against people of color and the poor in the criminal justice system. Learn more at

20 IJP Speaker Series Part 2 – Anthony Ray Hinton – The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction

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Anthony Ray Hinton, a death row exoneree, shares his story of wrongful conviction, survival on Alabama’s death row, and decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Fall Speaker Series is made possible through the generous support of the Lannan Foundation.

21 How to fix our broken criminal justice system | Robert Barton | TEDxSanQuentin


20 apr. 2017

After having worked with hundreds of prisoners, victims of crimes, and correctional officers and administrators, California’s Inspector General has a pretty good idea of what’s broken and why in our prison system. Listen to his talk to learn what we all must do in order to fix these system and improve public safety.
Robert Barton currently serves as California’s Inspector General and is responsible for oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including critical incidents, internal affairs, complaints, medical care, use of force, and other legislatively requested reviews. He chairs the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board reporting and making recommendations on rehabilitative programs for inmates and parolees. He began his public service with the Fresno Sheriff’s Department in 1984, while completing his B.S. in criminology at CSU- Fresno. He graduated from UC Davis King Hall, with his JD in 1988. He then served as a prosecutor in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and from 2000-2005 supervised the gang, prison crime, juvenile and truancy units. He was then appointed as a Supervising Assistant Inspector General in 2005, before being appointed in 2011 as the Inspector General. He holds a lifetime Community College instructor credential in law.

22 Cop Chases After Criminal With Donkey


19 mei 2019

The best ride is always the one that’s available to you. How far do you think you could get on a donkey?