Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's refusal to process 40,000 voter registrations

With less than 7 days left until Election Day thousands of eligible voters are waiting in limbo. Just today, a Georgia court ruled against The New Georgia Project in the lawsuit demanding Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp account for the more 40,000 registration forms from new voters who do not yet appear on the voter rolls.

The registrations in question come primarily from would-be first-time voters in Black, Latino and Asian communities in and around Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Los Angeles woman freed after spending 17 years in prison for murder she didn't commit

Los Angeles woman freed after spending 17 years in prison for murder she didn't commit
October 10, 2014
After 17 very long years of proclaiming her innocence, a Los Angeles woman was finally freed Friday by a judge who ordered her immediate release from behind bars.

"I believe that not only is Ms. Mellen not guilty, based on what I have read, I believe she is innocent," said Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold. "For that reason, I believe in this case the justice system failed."

Susan Mellen wept as the judge spoke, as did her grown children seated in the courtroom.
Then applause erupted.

The poignant moment culminated nearly two decades of battling for her freedom. Mellen was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 1997 killing of a homeless man named Richard Daly.

Mellen had once dated the man.

Deidre O'Connor, who investigated Mellen's case for Innocence Matters, said her murder trial was completely based on the testimony of a woman who was notorious for giving bad tips to police.

June Patti, who died in 2006, testified she heard Mellen confess to the murder.

But three gang members were later linked to the killing, and one was ultimately convicted of the crime.

Mellen's children were age 7 and 9 when she was sent away.

"Although each member of this family suffered tremendously, they remain a close family unit," O'Connor said.

With News Wire Services