Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Michelle Murphy: Oklahoma; Compelling Tulsa World investigation reveals "mistakes and questionable evidence" in the case of a woman ruled "innocent" after 20 years in prison. (Must, Must Read. HL);

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See companion article on Michelle Murphy's efforts to get her life together after 20 years behind bars; A Tulsa World investigation shows the state of Oklahoma relied upon faulty blood evidence, the dubious testimony of a troubled 14-year-old neighbor and an unrecorded incriminating statement to convict Murphy. All three elements were so problematic they likely should not have been allowed in court — and jurors were prevented from hearing other evidence that might have given them reasonable doubt about convicting Murphy. Attorneys for her trial and initial appeal may also have missed chances to challenge the evidence against her. Her appellate attorneys maintain none of this should have ever happened, that Harris and Tulsa Police prosecuted Murphy at the expense of finding the real killer. In court filings, they claim Harris and other investigators knew they had falsely claimed that unknown blood found at the scene could be Murphy’s, something disproved by several outside lab tests. When police arrived at the crime scene that morning in 1994, they took Murphy’s daughter into protective custody. The crime scene video shows an officer walking away with the toddler in his arms as the sun is beginning to rise. Murphy testified in court that she only made incriminating statements to a Tulsa police detective during questioning because he badgered her and promised she could see her daughter if she confessed. She never saw her little girl again."


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