This Week in Innocence

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Thanks to the work of Northwestern University Law School’s death penalty clinic, another man wrongly convicted of murder walked free this week. Ronald Kitchen spent 13 of his 21 years behind bars on death row. He’s also another case of someone who falsely confessed to a murder after intense questioning from police interrogators.

Illinois has sentenced 224 people to death since reinstating capital punishment in 1977. Since then, 20 have been exonerated. I’m not sure what an acceptable rate of error in death penalty cases would be, but nine percent seems awfully high, doesn’t it?

 

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53 Responses to “This Week in Innocence”

  1. #1 |  The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Ronald Kitchen: The Latest Death Row Exoneree | 

    […] Balko made the following observation at his blog: “Illinois has sentenced 224 people to death since reinstating capital punishment in 1977. Since […]

  2. #2 |  Capital Defense Weekly » Blog Archive » oopsie part deux | 

    […] via Radley: Thanks to the work of Northwestern University Law School’s death penalty clinic, another man wrongly convicted of murder walked free this week. Ronald Kitchen spent 13 of his 21 years behind bars on death row. He’s also another case of someone who falsely confessed to a murder after intense questioning from police interrogators. […]

  3. #3 |  Capital Defense Weekly » Blog Archive » weekly edition | 

    […] Innocence List will allegedly reach 135 exonerees with additions of Ronald Kitchen from Illinois and Herman Lindsey from Florida.  Exonerated last week, these two men bring  […]