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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Garrett on Convicting the Innocent

Garrett brandonBrandon L. Garrett (University of Virginia School of Law) has posted Introduction: New England Law Review Symposium on 'Convicting the Innocent' (New England Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 671, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Examining what went wrong in the first 250 DNA exonerations was a sobering occupation, and I describe what I found in my book Convicting the Innocent, published by Harvard University Press in 2011. Still more haunting is the question of how many other wrongful convictions have not been uncovered and will never see the light of day. The New England Law Review has brought together a remarkable group of scholars who have each made leading contributions to the study of wrongful convictions from different disciplines and scholarly perspectives: Simon Cole, Deborah Davis, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard Leo, and Elizabeth Loftus. Each has done ground-breaking work focusing on evidence in criminal investigations and prosecutions, looking beyond just what we know from the wrongful convictions that do come to light. This Symposium issue returns the focus to research that can tell us more about the causes of wrongful convictions, and in this introduction I try to do justice to their remarkable contributions.

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Mr. Garrett, good piece. I look forward to one day in my lifetime seeing an article covering wrongful convictions regarding; non DNA, non Death Row & inactive cases.

The ones that are ignored by the so-called projects, professors, post conviction units and scholars due to not qualifying based on not exhausting thier appeals or not having DNA to coincide with the gross descrepancies in the eyewitness identification vs. the actual description of the claimant. When crime victims describe black skin, black hair and positively id white people with brown or blond hair. When the detectives catch it and simply seek charges. When defendants are tricked in to plea bargaining at lunch recess being told just for being on probation at time of arrest you are going to prison guilty or not. Everyone's writing books and blogging about it as they ignore. Maybe you'll be inspired to write another book soon that completes a series as it includes the un-exonerated and the reasons why. Thanks. Thomas R. Griffith

Posted by: The Team | Aug 3, 2012 2:22:25 PM

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