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Wrongful Convictions Studied In New Database

May 22, 2012  | 

Perjury, faulty eyewitness identification and prosecutorial misconduct are the leading reasons for wrongful convictions, according to the first national registry of exonerations compiled by university researchers and reported by USA Today.

The database, assembled in a collaboration by the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, has identified 873 faulty convictions in the past 23 years that have been recognized by prosecutors, judges or governors.

The registry's founders say the numbers, which do not include many cases in which innocent suspects plead guilty to avoid the risk of more serious punishments or cases that have been dismissed because of legal error without new evidence of innocence, represent only a fraction of the problem in the nation's criminal justice system.

Read the full USA Today story.

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prerry @ 2/4/2013 3:24 PM

Since it is known there is a wide number of faulty convictions a team just for this issue should be put into action. Prosecutorial misconduct should have every case looked at that was under that Prosecutor.

prerry @ 2/4/2013 3:31 PM

There should be hard legal prison terms for Prosecutors that knowingly(should have known) engage in Prosecutorial misconduct. It not only breaks up familys but is a waist of Police time and effort done on that case. Stay safe all Officers

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