Facts Behind The Fiction

They say truth is stranger than fiction. In these cases, truth is scarier that fiction.

Just so there's no doubt, any individuals named here should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And, as we'll see, even then guilt may not be certain.

Testing For Tommy

The United States Supreme Court today delayed the execution of Tommy Arthur, an inmate who’s been on death row in Alabama for twenty years, not because they believe Tommy may be innocent, but because they will soon consider whether lethal injections (the common method of execution in the U.S.) constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The

#209 Finds Freedom

In 1996, Chad Heins was convicted of the 1994 murder of his sister-in-law, Tina. After spending 13 years in prison, Chad today became the 209th person in the United States to be exonerated through DNA testing, according to the Innocence Project which was instrumental in securing Chad’s release. Although Chad’s murder conviction was thrown out

Pickton May Not Get A Second Trial

The plan had been to split the charges against alleged serial killer Robert Pickton in to two sets. The first six murder charges would be dealt with in one trial, the remaining twenty would be covered in a second trial. The second trial, it was said by prosecutors, would take place regardless of the outcome

One Probably Innocent, Another Probably Guilty, But No More Jail Time For Either

In 1994, Lynn DeJac, of Erie County, N.Y., was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her 13-year-old daughter, Crystallin Girard, and spent 13 years in prison. On November 28th, 2007, Judge John Michalski released DeJac and ordered a new trial when DNA collected at the scene of the crime was found to implicate

Pickton Trial Goes To Jury

The trial of Robert Pickton is now in the hands of the jury. Pickton is on trial in British Columbia, Canada for the murders of Sereena Abotsway, Marnie Frey, Andrea Joesbury, Georgina Papin, Mona Wilson, and Brenda Wolfe. So far the jury has heard from 128 witnesses, listened to a week of closing statements from