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Wrongful convictions

2014

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The Prosecutor’S Contribution To Wrongful Convictions, Bennett L. Gershman Jan 2014

The Prosecutor’S Contribution To Wrongful Convictions, Bennett L. Gershman

Pace Law Faculty Publications

A prosecutor is viewed by the public as a powerful law enforcement official whose responsibility is to convict guilty people of crimes. But not everybody understands that a prosecutor’s function is not only to win convictions of law-breakers. A prosecutor is a quasi-judicial official who has a duty to promote justice to the entire community, including those people charged with crimes. Indeed, an overriding function of a prosecutor is to ensure that innocent people not get convicted and punished.

A prosecutor is constitutionally and ethically mandated to promote justice. The prosecutor is even considered a "Minister of Justice" who ...


Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon Dec 2013

Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon

Jonathan S Simon

Wrongful conviction ought to be an aberration for any system of criminal punishment tied to legal adjudication; certainly in a system such as we have in the United States, premised on the constitutional bedrock of requiring a jury to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt (Sandstrom v. Montana). We suggest, however, that during the so-called wars on crime and drugs, wrongful convictions are no longer mere aberrations, any more than is holding to the end of hostilities captured members of an enemy army. Specifically, we hypothesize that these two "fronts" in two parallel national "wars" have transformed police practices in ...


Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon Dec 2013

Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon

Jonathan S Simon

Wrongful conviction ought to be an aberration for any system of criminal punishment tied to legal adjudication; certainly in a system such as we have in the United States, premised on the constitutional bedrock of requiring a jury to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt (Sandstrom v. Montana). We suggest, however, that during the so-called wars on crime and drugs, wrongful convictions are no longer mere aberrations, any more than is holding to the end of hostilities captured members of an enemy army. Specifically, we hypothesize that these two "fronts" in two parallel national "wars" have transformed police practices in ...


Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon Dec 2013

Wrongful Convictions, Policing, And The 'Wars On Crime And Drugs', Hannah Laqueur, Stephen Rushin, Jonathan Simon

Jonathan S Simon

Wrongful conviction ought to be an aberration for any system of criminal punishment tied to legal adjudication; certainly in a system such as we have in the United States, premised on the constitutional bedrock of requiring a jury to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt (Sandstrom v. Montana). We suggest, however, that during the so-called wars on crime and drugs, wrongful convictions are no longer mere aberrations, any more than is holding to the end of hostilities captured members of an enemy army. Specifically, we hypothesize that these two "fronts" in two parallel national "wars" have transformed police practices in ...