There has been a flurry of activity recently surrounding the case of William Dillon.
Dillon was exonerated by DNA testing in November of 2008 and released from prison the next month. As we have mentioned a handful of times earlier, his case involved the testimony of a one John Preston who, with his dog Harass II, made the rounds providing fraudulent testimony to convict whomever the police wanted him to. Preston has been exposed as a charlatan and a fraud, and it was believed he was “regularly retained to confirm the state’s preconceived notions about cases.”
On Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel ran an editorial detailing the injustices perpetrated by Preston and his Wonder Dog. They essentially asked two questions: How many more innocent people are in prison because of Preston? and How will we ever know? (See also the accompanying blog post by Scott Maxwell.)
That same day, news broke that Florida Sen. Mike Haridopolos of Brevard County would sponsor a bill to provide compensation for Dillon.
On Examiner.com, J. D. Tuccille posted about Preston and forensic science in general.