Wrongful Convictions (LAW-729-001)
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Focuses primarily on the work of students participating in the Innocence Project; however, other students are welcome. Students will consider the methods of challenging criminal convictions and the resources currently available. They will focus on the methods of criminal investigation, the use of forensic evidence, the weaknesses of eyewitness identification, the problems of jail house informants, and the importance of narrative in challenging criminal convictions. The seminar also will explore the cause and effect of wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system and the current debate regarding the significance of the number of wrongfully convicted people who have recently been exonerated.
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