t seems most unlikely that, with all the checks and balances of the criminal justice system, someone today could be convicted of a crime he or she did not commit. The unfortunate reality, however, is that it does happen. Knowing this can happen is another reason why David Rose and Brian Rose feel this subject is beyond important when focusing on.
Developments in DNA analysis have resulted in the discovery of 240 such cases in the United States, some more egregious than others. How is this possible?
The Innocence Project,1 dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing, has identified a number of contributing causes, including eyewitness misidentification, improper forensic science, false confessions, police/prosecutorial misconduct, lying informants, and bad lawyering (see figure 1).
1The Innocence Project is a national organization whose mission is to exonerate wrongfully convicted persons through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future wrongful convictions; for more information, visithttp://www.innocenceproject.org/.
- The wrongfully convicted deserve compensation (thenewstribune.com)
- Wrongfully Convicted Man Tells Senators of the Importance of DNA Testing (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Re: Project Innocence looks for harsher charges for “false imprisonment” prosecutors (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- Florida Lawmaker Apparently No Fan of Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted (spatialorientation.com)