The New York Times: Should police officers be held accountable for lying? Too often, they are not.
“If a federal law enforcement officer lies, manipulates witnesses, and falsifies evidence, should the officer be liable for damages?” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit wrote of Officer Weyker, whose investigation ultimately resulted in no convictions. The answer was no.
More than 20 civil lawsuits have been filed against Officer Weyker, a former vice officer who is still the subject of an internal department investigation. Some of the suits failed because she was granted qualified immunity, a doctrine created by the courts that shields officers from lawsuits unless they violate a “clearly established” right.
Brennan Center for Justice: Prisons were not designed for women.
The Columbus Dispatch: Jarrett Adams, who spent 10 years in prison on a wrongful Wisconsin conviction, has written a book.
Q: Persistence is a theme in your book. How did you keep going when you faced so many obstacles? Did you become bitter?
Adams: I did become bitter. I’ve got to be as real as I was in the book about this. I was angry and I was upset and that’s OK. But the issue is what do you do with that? For me, my response was to keep fighting and to go forward.
The Oregonian: Former death row inmate, exonerated by DNA after 16 years in prison, dies of COVID-19.
“It’s so unfair,” said Steve Kaplan, a retired Minneapolis attorney who helped free (Damon) Thibodeaux after he spent 16 years behind bars, 15 of them on death row in Louisiana. “I’m struggling to make peace with it, but you can’t.”
Thibodeaux, who moved to Minnesota to restart his life and eventually settled with his family in Texas, died Sept. 2 of complications from COVID-19. He was 47, but a third of those years were spent behind bars for his wrongful conviction.
Talking Points Memo: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett appears at Republican Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell event to insist the court is not political.
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