Category Archives: Symposium

Brady v. Maryland, Attorney Discipline, and Materiality: Failed Investigations, Long-Chain Evidence, and Beyond

In Brady v. Maryland, the Supreme Court set the basic outlines of what has become known as the “Brady doctrine.” The government, according to this principle, has a general duty to disclose information in its possession that is favorable to … Continue reading

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Political Prosecutions in Ukraine: The Case of Yulia Tymoshenko

The winter of 2013 to 2014 made a mark in the history of Ukraine. It was a time of mourning for the heroes killed during the Revolution of Dignity, and a time of joy from the victory. It was a … Continue reading

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Tunnel Vision: Causes, Effects, and Mitigation Strategies

The recent spate of exonerations has alerted the public about the problem of intentional prosecutorial misconduct. However, an even more disturbing insight gained from the study of exonerations is that many of these wrongful convictions resulted from something shy of … Continue reading

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The Worst of the Worst: Heinous Crimes and Erroneous Evidence

The criminal justice system was once considered infallible. But we now know that innocent defendants are incarcerated and even executed. Indeed, the National Registry of Exonerations (“NRE”) provides a list of 1535 inmates who were exonerated and released from prison … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows: Can Insurers Play a Role in Advancing Gideon’s Promise?

Over fifty years ago, Gideon v. Wainwright resoundingly embraced the principle that public defenders are “necessities, not luxuries” and as such, are required to protect the accused person’s fundamental right to a fair trial. Fred Turner, Clarence Gideon’s lawyer on … Continue reading

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Wrongfully Convicted in California: Are There Connections Between Exonerations, Prosecutorial and Police Procedures, and Justice Reforms?

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, 1900 documented exonerations have occurred in the United States since 1989, with 166 coming from California. From the national data, we have discovered that the leading causes of wrongful conviction in the United … Continue reading

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Contemporary Perspectives on Wrongful Conviction: An Introduction to the 2016 Innocence Network Conference, San Antonio, Texas

Innocent people have been convicted of crimes they did not commit throughout history. The exact number of wrongful convictions is unknowable. In 2014, however, the National Academy of Sciences (“NAS”) released a study of the cases of criminal defendants who … Continue reading

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PTSD, TBI, and OTH Discharges: A Case Study of a Young Service Member

At the April 2016 conference, “Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of Our Nation’s Veterans,” hosted by the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy (“Gitenstein Institute”) at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra … Continue reading

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Burden of Mental Illness Among Veterans Seen in VA Primary Care and the Positive Effects of Recent VHA Initiatives

In addition to the behavioral health collaborative care model, fellow panelists Keith Grant, Veterans Coordinator, Nassau County Department of Human Services, and the author explored some of the stressors facing our service members today both on and off the battlefield, … Continue reading

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Hofstra Mission Critical: The Unified Behavioral Health Center

In April 2016, the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University hosted a conference entitled “Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of Our Nation’s Veterans.” Experts … Continue reading

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