Prosecutorial Misconduct Results in New Trial in Connecticut Murder Case

By Christopher Zoukis In a rare public rebuke of a prosecutor found to have engaged in a “deliberate pattern of misconduct,” the Connecticut Appellate Court vacated a defendant’s murder conviction based on the prosecutor’s improper remarks during closing arguments. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Terence D. Mariani, Jr. was chided in…

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Missouri Prisoner Exonerated in 1983 Prison Murder; Brady Violations Cited

By Christopher Zoukis Reginald “Reggie” Griffin, 53, was sentenced to death for the July 12, 1983 stabbing of James Bausley in a yard at the Moberly Correctional Center (then known as the Missouri Training Center for Men). In August 2011, the Missouri Supreme Court vacated Griffin’s conviction after finding the…

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Prison Censorship in America: The Ashley Jean Arnold Case

By Christopher Zoukis When Americans think of prison censorship, images of prison guards throwing away letters come to mind. So too do images of books and publications like Prison legal News being rejected for being a “threat to the good order, orderly operation, and security of the institution,” which covers…

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Transgender Prisoner Denied Adequate Treatment Hangs Herself

By Christopher Zoukis Petersburg, Virginia: At approximately 2:30 PM on February 24, 2015, Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Medium inmate Ashley Jean Arnold (given name: Steven Roy Arnold), 32, ended her life by hanging herself in her prison cell. Arnold had sought medical and psychological care for her gender dysphoria in…

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Out of Control Norovirus at The Low Institution, Butner, North Carolina

By C. Clagett It has been about five weeks since the original Norovirus started in Wake Unit and then spread entirely through the Low Custody Institution, as well as the FCI 1. This infectious virus was very poorly handled by the institution. The evidence of contamination was there from the…

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Utah DOC Ends “English Only” Visitation Requirement

By Christopher Zoukis As of August 1, 2013, Utah state prisoners are able to talk to their visitors in languages other than English, reversing a longstanding policy. The change puts an end to the nation’s only state prison system rule that forbids foreign languages during visits, according to Chesa Boudin,…

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In the Bronx, New Life for an Old Prison

By Dianne Frazee-Walker Across from Crotona Park in the Claremont section of the Bronx an old faded brick building has undergone a lot of changes since the turn of the century. The structure at 1511 Fulton Avenue has an indistinct appearance that doesn’t give away the dwelling’s diverse history which…

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Alaska Supreme Court Suspends Former Deputy Attorney General

By Christopher Zoukis Former Alaska Deputy Attorney General and prosecutor Patrick Gullufsen, 66, was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months in July 2013 after a Superior Court found he had “blatantly lied” about forensic analysis of DNA evidence during the 2010 trial of Jimmy Eacker, who was…

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DIETRICK MITCHELL’S LIFE SENTENCE WAS COMMUTED FOUR YEARS AGO — SO WHY IS HE STILL IN PRISON?

By Dianne Frazee-Walker Dietrick Mitchell is just one of four dozen men in the Colorado Department of Corrections serving life without parole as adults in prison —sentenced when they were juveniles.  Mitchell is now forty-years-old, but can easily be spotted in the prison yard with his awkward boyish looks. Tragically,…

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