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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Proposed Bills to Stop Wrongful Convictions

Three bills in the California Legislature would help prevent wrongful convictions, such as the wrongful conviction of Herman Atkins who recently posted a video telling his story:

  • Senate Bill 511 (Alquist) will require the electronic recording of police interrogation in cases involving homicides and other violent felonies. 
  • Senate Bill 756 (Ridley-Thomas) will require the appointment of a task force to draft guidelines for the conduct of police line-ups and photo arrays to increase the accuracy of eyewitness identifications. 
  • Senate Bill 609 (Romero) will require the corroboration of testimony by jailhouse informants.  

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice—a group of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and defense attorneys—has recommended all three reforms.

Californians can take action to suport these bills by contacting the State Assembly at Watch Atkins video. . . [Mark Godsey]

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