Valentino Dixon – Free At Last!

Twenty-seven years ago, Valentino Dixon was convicted of 2nd degree homicide. Not only did he proclaim his innocence then, someone else proclaimed their guilt. He never stopped proclaiming his innocence in the 27 years since. While the actual shooter was convinced at one time to recant his confession of guilt, he otherwise has also consistently … Continue reading Valentino Dixon – Free At Last!

Steven Avery Denied Motion To Supplement The Record

Sheboygan Circuit Court Judge Angela Sutkiewicz yesterday denied Steven Avery his Motion to Supplement the Record via her Memorandum & Decision Order. In a decision littered with factual errors—ranging from referencing Brendan Dassey as Brandon, to citing relevant DVDs in question as CDs—Sutkiewicz nevertheless drew the circuit court's opinion indelibly in the sand. The court's … Continue reading Steven Avery Denied Motion To Supplement The Record

And The Darwin Award Goes To

In an edition of "YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP", we check back in with Dr. Ray Spencer. If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Spencer, I've covered his wrongful conviction, as well as his civil suit in several articles. Wrongfully convicted of sexually molesting his own children, he was fully exonerated and received a judgement … Continue reading And The Darwin Award Goes To

That Old Black Magic Has Oklahoma In Its Spell

Most Oklahomans are familiar with Joyce “Black Magic” Gilchrist, and the damage she did during her tenure with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She left behind a legacy of lies, scandal, and wrongful convictions that Oklahoma may never recover from. It would appear that they aren't even trying, though. Enter Elaine Taylor, who began working … Continue reading That Old Black Magic Has Oklahoma In Its Spell

HELP (not) WANTED: Court Clerk; No experience or ethics needed

  Here we are, in the middling-end of August, looking again at the shenanigans in the case of Daniel Holtzclaw. By now, nothing should surprise us, and yet it still manages to. The latest is the failure of the court clerk to file Holtzclaw's Motion and Amendment when it was 'tendered for filing'” leading to … Continue reading HELP (not) WANTED: Court Clerk; No experience or ethics needed

OPINION: Tribalism in Social Media

This OP/ED was prepared by CJRJ Contributor Paula Grabow in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Criminal Justice Reform Journal. The true crime genre is the latest reality obsession. The genesis of this craze owes its start to a … Continue reading OPINION: Tribalism in Social Media

The Curious Case Of Valentino Dixon and the 440 Motion

The case of The People of the State of New York vs Valentino Dixon comes across as bad Hollywood screenwriting rather than an actual case making its way through our criminal justice system. So many things in this case beggar belief that it's difficult to know where to begin. There are certain points that are … Continue reading The Curious Case Of Valentino Dixon and the 440 Motion

Kathleen Zellner’s Filing Raises Big Hopes For…Brendan Dassey??

Kathleen Zellner, powerhouse attorney for Steven Avery of Making a Murderer fame, has recently filed a Motion to Supplement a Previously Filed Motion for Post Conviction Relief and there's a chance it could benefit Brendan Dassey as well as his uncle, Steven Avery. In the motion, she continues to address the obstacles faced by his … Continue reading Kathleen Zellner’s Filing Raises Big Hopes For…Brendan Dassey??

Kim Davis, Advocate Investigator

The public is starting to look hard at the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, and with good reason. From the very first interviews right up until his sentencing, maneuvers were made to convict this police officer. That might sound trite, because after all, don't we want rapists convicted, and taken off the streets? We do, if … Continue reading Kim Davis, Advocate Investigator

Meet Valentino Dixon

Valentino Dixon has spent the past 26 years of his life fighting his wrongful conviction. That's a quarter of a century. A lot can happen in the world in a quarter century. Birth and death, growing up, growing older, watching your children grow up, and have children of their own can happen. All of these … Continue reading Meet Valentino Dixon