Truth in Justice Newsletter - August, 2003

SANDY MURPHY AND RICK TABISH

A divided Nevada Supreme Court has reversed the the murder convictions of Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish.  They had been found guilty of killing Las Vegas casino executive Ted Binion, despite the fact that medical experts testified Binion, a know heroin addict, died of an overdose of heroin, Xanax and Valium.  They will get a new trial.

Learn more about their cases at Desert Justice.

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GREGORY BRIGHT AND EARL TRUVIA

Thanks to the efforts of the Innocence Project New Orleans, Gregory Bright and Earl Truvia have been released after over 27 years in prison for a murder they did not commit.  They are innocent men.

NICK YARRIS

For half of his 42 years, Nicholas J. Yarris has been on death row in Pennsylvania prisons, emphatically telling anyone who would listen that he didn't commit the 1981 abduction, rape and murder of a Delaware County woman for which he was convicted. He now may have scientific evidence that he has been telling the truth from behind bars for more than two decades.
Gregory Bright and Earl Truvia
G. Bright and E. Truvia

 
TRUTH DENIED ... JUSTICE DELAYED
MERRY PEASE

After three indictments, two trials and a handful of appellate proceedings, some of the best legal minds in Virginia still are trying to decide whether Merry Pease was a domestic-violence victim or a cold-blooded killer. It is the claim of prosecutorial misconduct -- which was one of the reasons the case was overturned the first time around -- that is drawing new attention to it. 

Learn more about Merry's case at Justice for Merry

JOHN MALONEY

On July 27, 2003, Brown County, Wisconsin Judge Peter Naze denied John Maloney's state habeas petition.  The fight to free this former police officer, convicted of crimes that never happened, continues.





CAMIOLO REPORTS AND DEPOSITIONS

Several months ago we posted the reports of police, insurance and and defense fire investigators in the Paul Camiolo case.  We have added their depositions, plus an expanded background summary of the case and investigation.  Additional resources will be added over the coming months.   



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EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION
People think of memory as a videotape recording in the brain.  But few people, if any, can reliably distinguish between memories of something they've been shown and something they've been asked to imagine.  In fact, we assemble our memories by patching together broken pieces of stored information and then filling in the blanks. Now there is hope of a false memory detector.

HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS

MARTHA STEWART

If Martha Stewart's unflappable expertise in the kitchen, at the craft table and in the garden, and the success and acclaim she earned turned you green with jealousy ... if you thought NBC and Cybil Shepard in "The Martha Stewart Story" brought accurate biography to the screen ... then Martha's prosecution for invented crimes probably tickles you pink.  On the other hand, if you give a hoot about justice ... if you realize your own success could make you a target ... consider Paul Craig Roberts' thoughts on this "Comedy of Justice".



CHECKBOOK JUSTICE IN WISCONSIN
As investigators closed in on him, Appleton, WI resident Floyd Banks tipped the scales of justice in his favor.  He pulled out his checkbook.  Wisconsin State Journal reporters Dee Hall and Andy Hall take a closer look at the sweetheart deals former Outagamie County DA Vince Biskupic -- who reportedly now has his eye on the U.S. House of Representatives -- cut in exchange for cash.  Buying Their Way Out of Trouble

How about Joe Paulus, former Winnebago County DA and Biskupic's mentor?  Did they both take bribes to "fix" cases? 
Attorney Pleads 5th on Paulus, Biskupic

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