Study Shows 1 In 25 Death Row Inmates Are Likely Innocent - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Study Shows 1 In 25 Death Row Inmates Are Likely Innocent

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Science and law have led to the exoneration of hundreds of criminal defendants in recent decades, but big questions remain: How many other innocent defendants are locked up? How many are wrongly executed?
    
A new statistical study says about one in 25 people imprisoned under a death sentence is likely innocent.
    
The study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says it is all but certain that at least several of the 1,320 defendants executed since 1977 were innocent.
    
The study's lead author - Professor Samuel Gross of the University of Michigan law school - says the great majority of innocent people who are sentenced to death are never identified and freed.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Pelosi blames GOP for "deafening silence"

    Pelosi blames GOP for "deafening silence"

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-08-16 19:14:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is criticizing Republicans who haven't spoken out against President Donald Trump's comments on white supremacists. Speaking in Los Angeles Wednesday, the Democratic leader said there is a "deafening silence" from most of her Republican colleagues. She says: "I hope that we will hear more from them."

    More >>

    WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is criticizing Republicans who haven't spoken out against President Donald Trump's comments on white supremacists. Speaking in Los Angeles Wednesday, the Democratic leader said there is a "deafening silence" from most of her Republican colleagues. She says: "I hope that we will hear more from them."

    More >>
  • 20 tons of Nutella, 30 tons of juice stolen in Germany

    20 tons of Nutella, 30 tons of juice stolen in Germany

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-08-16 17:58:49 GMT

    GERMANY - We love Nutella as much as the next person, but we're not sure what we'd do with $82,000 worth of the stuff.  Police in Germany say 20 tons of the hazelnut spread with cocoa were recently stolen. For reference, 20 tons of Nutella equals about 1,000 jars of the delicious concoction. Police also say some Kinder Surprise eggs and other chocolate items were also taken in the heist. 

    More >>

    GERMANY - We love Nutella as much as the next person, but we're not sure what we'd do with $82,000 worth of the stuff.  Police in Germany say 20 tons of the hazelnut spread with cocoa were recently stolen. For reference, 20 tons of Nutella equals about 1,000 jars of the delicious concoction. Police also say some Kinder Surprise eggs and other chocolate items were also taken in the heist. 

    More >>
  • Campbell Soup CEO resigns from White House jobs panel over Trump's comments on racism

    Campbell Soup CEO resigns from White House jobs panel over Trump's comments on racism

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 1:32 PM EDT2017-08-16 17:32:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Campbell Soup is resigning from a White House jobs panel over comments about racism made by President Donald Trump. Campbell CEO Denise Morrison said in a company release Wednesday, "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville.

    More >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Campbell Soup is resigning from a White House jobs panel over comments about racism made by President Donald Trump. Campbell CEO Denise Morrison said in a company release Wednesday, "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville.

    More >>