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Merrida Coxwell
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And there are so many instances in the past ten (10) years of bad science, bad tests, and bad people running some crime labs. 
Across the country, the criminal justice system is grappling with the fallout from decades of faulty analysis in criminal cases that may have resulted in thousands of wrongful convictions.
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Amazing technology. We will all be on camera all the time soon. 
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Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.
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Another good article.
Over the past 40 years, as the U.S. prison population grew from fewer than 400,000 inmates to about 1.5 million, states and the federal government enacted thousands of civil sanctions that are triggered by a criminal conviction. They prohibit people with criminal convictions, who now number in the tens of millions, from obtaining a range of professional licenses and jobs in some industries, such as education and law enforcement. But as states ex...
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"The jury was “death qualified” — each juror had to be open to the death penalty; anyone who opposed it could not serve. In that sense, the federal jury did not reflect the general population of the region. Massachusetts abolished the death penalty for state crimes in 1984 and has not carried out an execution since 1947."
I was not surprised by the verdict.  Juries start out favoring the death penalty. It is the nature of the way they are selected. And a crime this big, I did not expect anything but the death penalty. 
To many Bostonians, the death sentence given to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday felt like a blot on the city’s collective consciousness.
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A person only needs to go sit in many small municipal courts and watch, and you will leave saying, "WTHeck" is going on!
Reports show how rampant predatory misdemeanor enforcement is. Plus, some hope for reform.
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Has anyone ever believed something to be true with all your heart, and later learned you were completely wrong? That you simply remembered it wrong? 
Two people who saw a police encounter on Wednesday reported different details; surveillance videotape showed that both of them were wrong.
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Great article on the over-reach of conspiracy law.
This Friday, May 15 NACDL is having a one-day conference on conspiracy law.
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I am actually dealing with a case now that I believe involves a false confession. It is going to be interesting. 
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I never thought I would see this in my lifetime. And I am not expressing an opinion on the death penalty either way, I just never expected to see a growing trend away from its use. I am sure if this type of change comes to the south it will be at least 10 more years. 
Nebraska is poised to end capital punishment; other deep-red states should follow.
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Good people make bad choices. When they do, the consequences follow them forever. Is that right or fair? 
Americans who have been in prison find it hard to find work: Former inmates are subject to thousands of restrictions, most of them employment-related. Now, officials aim to get more ex-offenders back to work.
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This is interesting. In Nebraska of all places. I think we are going to see some big changes as younger people grow up and take over. 
Last month, by a solid 30-13 majority, Nebraska state senators voted to advance a bill that would replace lethal injection with life in prison. For an issue that once divided reliably along partisan lines, capital punishment this time got 17 Republican votes.
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There are many courts more concerned about the finality of their judgements rather than actual innocence. Does not make sense does it? 
Following the pardoning of Michael Kenneth McAlister, 58, legal experts warn mistakes could happen again.
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  • Trial Lawyers College
    Law, 2009 - present
    Graduate of Jerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College at Thunderhead Ranch and the Graduate Program.
  • Mississippi College School of Law
    J.D., 1977 - 1980
  • University of Alabama
    Psychology & English, 1975 - 1977
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A criminal defense, serious accident & injury firm, financial fraud, & consumer bankruptcy law firm
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Merrida Coxwell has distinguished himself in the area of personal injury law. He obtained a verdict in a product liability case working with two other attorneys that totaled over $144 million. He and his partner Chuck Mullins won a hard fought Federal Civil Rights case against the city of Jackson, collecting a $2.1 million verdict on behalf of a family who lost a child to the excessive force of Jackson police officers. 

Countless other injured people have been helped by Merrida Coxwell. Recently they have obtained settlements of 1.5 million, 2.3 million, 1 million, 1 million, $875,000.00, $352,000.00 and $245,000.00 for injured Mississippians. In the past they obtained injury settlements over $120,000,000.00 million for injured people, and financial fraud settlements of $20.4 million, $5.1 million, $1.6 million, $1.2 million, and many others. The firm is also working nationally on Transvaginal Mesh Implant cases and DePuy Hip recall cases. 

In the area of criminal defense Merrida Coxwell and Charles "Chuck" Mullins are recognized to be leaders in helping people solve criminal legal problems. They are the lawyers that other lawyers call for advice. Merrida and Chuck are called upon for help by people from all walks of life. As one criminal defense lawyer stated recently, " If you don't know Merrida and Chuck, you don't know criminal defense." 

In addition to his private practice, Merrida donates time to the Mississippi Innocence Project and other pro bono projects. Merrida of member of the following organizations: American Association of Justice, Miss. Association of Justice, Public Justice, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Capital Area Bar, Madison County Bar, Fifth Circuit Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Public Defenders, Mississippi Public Defenders Associations, the Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations. 
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