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Science Needed To Help Free Innocent Prisoners
2012-08-20 14:08:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thousands of convicted inmates are sitting in a prison, including dozens on death row, that are innocent, but one project is collaborating with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to try and keep forensic experts accountable to science. Forensic scientists, attorneys and others that are a part of The Innocence Project put out a call to scientists at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society to get...

2010-09-17 14:35:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Get your client a fair trial. That was just one of the messages that New York Times best-selling author and lawyer John Grisham wanted students at the Wake Forest University School of Law to take away from a Sept. 14 panel discussion about "Innocence and Justice." The discussion included wrongful convictions, a broken justice system and the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, in front of an audience of about 2,000 in Wait Chapel....

2006-07-26 13:46:43

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found Texas mother Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drownings of her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years, in the bathtub of their Houston home five years ago. The decision means Yates, 42, will go to a state mental hospital for treatment until a judge decides she is sane enough to be released, a process which could take years. Yates, who is being treated with anti-psychotic drugs, looked stunned and tears welled up in...

2006-07-26 12:10:00

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found Texas mother Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her five children in the bathtub of their Houston home five years ago. The decision means Yates, 42, will go to a state mental hospital for treatment until a judge decides she is sane enough to be released, a process which could take years. Yates was found guilty in a 2002 trial and sentenced to life in prison. She had to be retried after the conviction was overturned...

2006-07-11 13:20:08

HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut judge dropped all charges on Tuesday against a man who spent 18 years in prison for the rape of a woman which recent genetic tests showed he did not commit. James Calvin Tillman, 44, was convicted in 1989 after a woman claimed he beat and raped her as she was leaving a nightclub in the city of Hartford a year earlier. He told reporters that he had never lost hope and was not bitter. His lawyers recently showed Tillman's DNA does not...

2006-01-11 17:03:27

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared prepared on Wednesday to overturn the sentence or the conviction of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims new DNA and other evidence cast doubt on his guilt for the 1985 murder of a female neighbor. The court's four most liberal members, joined by moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, seemed supportive of arguments by the attorney for convicted murderer Paul House that a reasonable...

2006-01-11 14:38:42

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared prepared on Wednesday to overturn the sentence or the conviction of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims new DNA and other evidence cast doubt on his guilt for the 1985 murder of a female neighbor. The court's four most liberal members, joined by moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, seemed supportive of arguments by the attorney for convicted murderer Paul House that a reasonable...

2005-11-09 13:07:25

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas' highest criminal court has refused to reinstate the murder convictions against Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children in 2001, after a lower court threw out the convictions out earlier this year. The decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday sends the case back to the lower court, and prosecutors must now decide whether to retry Yates, who was sentenced to life in prison, according to court's clerks...

2005-11-09 12:32:20

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas' highest criminal court has refused to reinstate the murder convictions against Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children in 2001, after a lower court threw out the convictions out earlier this year. The decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday sends the case back to the lower court, and prosecutors must now decide whether to retry Yates, who was sentenced to life in prison, according to court's clerks...

2005-11-09 11:44:00

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas' highest criminal court has refused to reinstate the murder convictions against Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children in 2001, after they were thrown out by a lower court earlier this year. The decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued on Wednesday sends the case back to the lower appeals court, and prosecutors must now decide whether to retry Yates, who was sentenced to life in prison, according to court's clerks office....


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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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