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Wrongful Convictions

Author : Justin Brooks
ISBN : 1600422160
Genre : Law
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Wrongful Convictions: Cases and Materials is the first textbook to bring together the law related to the exoneration of innocent people wrongfully convicted of crimes. This exciting area of the law is developing at a rapid pace with an increasing numbers of exonerations of innocent people around the world. The book is designed to give a broad overview of the cases related to the causes of wrongful convictions including false eyewitness testimony, false confessions, ineffective assistance of counsel, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and false forensic evidence. In this second edition, updated cases have been added as well as the topic of clemency. The book is also designed to teach students the legal standards involved in habeas litigation, the parole processes, and post-release compensation. Professor Justin Brooks is the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project, a law school clinic at California Western School of Law in San Diego devoted to the exoneration of innocent men and women wrongfully incarcerated in the state of California. Over the course of his career he has served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases, and along with his co-counsel and students, he has been successful in exonerating many wrongfully convicted clients. Professor Brooks works extensively throughout Latin America training defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement. He is a founding board member of the Innocence Network and has launched innocence work in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He has been named several times as one of the top one hundred lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and has twice won a California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year award for his work exonerating innocent men and women.
Category: Law

Wrongly Convicted

Author : Saundra Davis Westervelt
ISBN : 0813529514
Genre : Law
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The American criminal justice system contains numerous safeguards to prevent the conviction of innocent persons. The Bill of Rights provides nineteen separate rights for the alleged criminal offender, including the right to effective legal representation and the right to be judged without regard to race or creed. Despite these safeguards, wrongful convictions persist, and the issue has reverberated in the national debate over capital punishment.The essays in this volume are written from a cross-disciplinary perspective by some of the most eminent lawyers, criminologists, and social scientists in the field today. The articles are divided into four sections: the causes of wrongful convictions, the social characteristics of the wrongly convicted, case studies and personal histories, and suggestions for changes in the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions. Contributors examine a broad range of issues, including the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, particularly in cross-racial identifications; the disadvantages faced by racial and ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system; and the impact of new technologies, especially DNA evidence, in freeing the innocent and bringing the guilty to justice. The book also asks such questions as: What legal characteristics do wrongful convictions share? What are the mechanisms that defendants and their attorneys use to overturn wrongful convictions? The book also provides case studies that offer specific examples of what can and does go wrong in the criminal justice system.The contributors argue that the most important single characteristic among wrongful conviction cases is the chronic denial by politicians and prosecutorsof the existence of a problem and their failure to act decisively when evidence of a possible wrongful conviction comes to light.
Category: Law

Convicting The Innocent

Author : Brandon Garrett
ISBN : 9780674060982
Genre : Art
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DNA exonerations have shattered confidence in the criminal justice system by exposing how often we have convicted the innocent and let the guilty walk free. In this unsettling analysis, Garrett examines what went wrong in the cases of the first 250 people exonerated by DNA testing, and proposes systemic reforms.
Category: Art

Actual Innocence

Author : Jim Dwyer
ISBN : 038549341X
Genre : Law
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Ten true tales of people falsely accused detail the flaws in the criminal justice system that landed these people in prison
Category: Law

Overturning Wrongful Convictions

Author : Elizabeth A. Murray
ISBN : 9781467763073
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Imagine being wrongfully convicted of a crime and spending years behind bars. Since 1989 more than 1,400 Americans who experienced this injustice have been exonerated. Readers will examine real accounts and learn about organizations dedicated to righting these wrongs.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Pruno Ramen And A Side Of Hope

Author : Courtney B. Lance
ISBN : 9781618689269
Genre : Law
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Imagine you are in prison for a crime you did not commit. You cannot believe what has happened to you and you're certain the system will correct the error. Five years later and you're still behind bars. Are you still certain? What would you do to survive day after week after month locked up with some of the most dangerous people you'd ever meet? People who have been wrongfully convicted tell stories of hope, redemption, and how they continued to believe the system that put them behind bars would eventually find them innocent. From prison yard gardens to contraband cooking to family visits, "Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope" gives you a glimpse of life inside some of America's prisons and shares how each exoneree survived, and in some cases thrived, and prevailed against overwhelming odds.
Category: Law

Justice Miscarried

Author : Helena Katz
ISBN : 9781459700321
Genre : Social Science
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Former bank manager Ronald Dalton never got to watch his three young children grow up. In 1989 he was convicted for a crime that never happened. His wife, Brenda, was later ruled to have choked to death on breakfast cereal not strangled as a pathologist had initially claimed. Dalton’s daughter, Alison, was in kindergarten when he was charged with second-degree murder in 1988. He attended her high school graduation on June 26, 2000, two days after his conviction was finally overturned. Behind the proud facade of Canada’s criminal justice system lie the shattered lives of the people unjustly caught within its web. Justice Miscarried tells the heartwrenching stories of twelve innocent Canadians, including David Milgaard, Donald Marshall, Guy Paul Morin, Clayton Johnson, William Mullins-Johnson, and Thomas Sophonow, who were wrongly convicted and the errors in the nations justice system that changed their lives forever.
Category: Social Science

Actual Innocence

Author : Jim Dwyer
ISBN : 0451209826
Genre : Law
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A collection of nightmarish true tales of people falsely accused detail the slovenly police work, corruption, errant witnesses, and other flaws in the criminal justice system that landed these people in prison or on death row. Reprint.
Category: Law

Three False Convictions Many Lessons

Author : David C Anderson
ISBN : 9781909976351
Genre : Psychology
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A new perspective on the roles of psychopathology, confirmation bias, false confessions, the media and internet (amongst other causes) of unjust accusations. Putting lack of empathy at the fore in terms of police, prosecutors and others, it considers a wide range of other psychopathological aspects of miscarriages of justice. By looking at three high profile cases, those of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (Italy), Stefan Kiszko (UK) and Darlie Routier (USA)—the authors show that motive forces are a mind-set in which psychopathy (what they term ‘constitutional negative empathy’) may be present and the need to reinforce existing supposition or lose face plays a large part.
Category: Psychology

False Justice

Author : Jim Petro
ISBN : 9781317667728
Genre : Social Science
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Compelling and engagingly written, this book by former Attorney General of Ohio Jim Petro and his wife, writer Nancy Petro, takes the reader inside actual cases, summarizes extensive research on the causes and consequences of wrongful conviction, and exposes eight common myths that inspire false confidence in the justice system and undermine reform. Now newly published in paperback with an extensive list of web links to wrongful conviction sources internationally, False Justice is ideal for use in a wide array of criminal justice and criminology courses. Myth 1: Everyone in prison claims innocence. Myth 2: Our system almost never convicts an innocent person. Myth 3: Only the guilty confess. Myth 4: Wrongful conviction is the result of innocent human error. Myth 5: An eyewitness is the best testimony. Myth 6: Conviction errors get corrected on appeal. Myth 7: It dishonors the victim to question a conviction. Myth 8: If the justice system has problems, the pros will fix them.
Category: Social Science