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State Department of Corrections staff ushered Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. into a car just after 6 p.m. Tuesday and headed to the house where he will be on home-confinement as he awaits a state Supreme Court review of a decision overturning his conviction for the 1982 murder of a former homecoming queen. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an order allowing Tempest, 62, to remain free on bail pending a high court review. It agreed to accelerate that appeal by hearing arguments in March. Tempest, in the meantime, will remain on home-confinement with electronic monitoring at an undisclosed location. Read more.
Nearly 600 criminal cases in Central Oregon are under the scrutiny of local district attorney’s offices in light of allegations that a forensic analyst at the state police crime lab in Bend mishandled evidence.
Eighty cases in Crook County examined by a single forensic scientist are undergoing review, as are 502 in Deschutes County. Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche could not be reached for comment Thursday, and an Oregon State Police spokesman could not provide an estimate of the total cases potentially affected.
Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins said her office had received a list of a “wide variety” of drug cases possibly compromised by the investigation, and that she is notifying defense attorneys who represented defendants in which evidence was analyzed by Oregon State Police forensic scientist Nika Larsen. Read more.
The Montana Innocence Project is seeking a new trial for Katie Irene Garding, a 28-year-old Stevensville woman who is serving a 40-year sentence for the New Year’s Day 2008 vehicular homicide of Bronson Parsons.
Garding was convicted in 2011 based on the testimony of a jailhouse snitch and former boyfriend, who told investigators that she hit “something or someone” on her way through East Missoula in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
However, the petition for post-conviction relief contends that no physical evidence links Garding to the crime, and further investigation and expert testimony actually points to her innocence. Read more.
The long, strange ordeal of Kerry Max Cook—perhaps the most bizarre series of capital murder proceedings in Texas history—just got longer. And stranger. Cook, convicted of the 1977 rape, mutilation, and murder of Linda Jo Edwards, spent 20 years on death row. While there, he was stabbed and repeatedly raped. The abuses led him to twice attempt suicide. He always maintained his innocence, and though his death sentences were overturned—twice—and the people who prosecuted him were reprimanded by a high court for extensive malfeasance and he was eventually freed from death row in 1997, he has never been exonerated. That’s because back in 1999, on the eve of an unprecedented fourth capital murder trial, he took a “no contest” plea. So even as he became a celebrity—writing a book about his experience, becoming a subject of a popular play and movie called The Exonerated, giving anti-death penalty speeches and hanging out with anti-death penalty celebrities—Cook is still considered a convicted killer. Especially in Tyler, Texas, where the murder took place. Read more.
The state’s highest court seems determined to provide some guidance in the increasingly contentious field of diagnosing the deaths and serious injuries of infants and toddlers in cases where there are no independent witnesses. Read more.
Bobby Johnson made the five-second walk out of Superior Court Friday with the help of the same folks who helped him endure nine years in prison.
The steps leading out to Church Street aren’t steep or hard to walk on, but Johnson’s mother, Angela, couldn’t help but assist her son one more time, holding his hand as they approached the awaiting media gathering. The rest of his family, the folks who helped Johnson through nearly a decade in prison, walked next to him, erupting in applause when he stepped outside.
Everyone present wanted to hear the thoughts of a man whose murder conviction had been vacated by the state after Superior Court Judge Patrick Clifford entered a dismissal of the charges earlier in the morning. Read more.
Save the date: April 8-9, 2016
2016 Innocence Network Conference
San Antonio, Texas
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