Wrongful Convictions (LAW-729-001)
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A wrongful conviction – the conviction of an innocent man or woman represents the ultimate failure of a criminal justice system. This course is intended to examine the causes of wrongful convictions and, equally importantly, to examine possible measures to prevent or remedy them. In a seminar format, we will first discuss the various factors which have been shown to contribute to wrongful convictions and then discuss ways in which we can detect and reduce the impact of these factors.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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1. James Dwyer, Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld; Actual Innocence. (paperback)
2. John Grisham, The Guardians, (paperback)
3. A case list and substantial additional materials will be available from Adjunct Support and online at the MyWCL portal. Other materials may be duplicated and/or put online during the term.
First Class Readings
State v. Youngblood, 734 P.2d 592 (Ariz. App. 1987)
Youngblood v. Arizona, 488 U.S. 51, 109 S.Ct. 333, 102 L.E.2d 281 (1988)
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, A California County’s Sheriff’s Deputies Are Accused Of Mishandling Evidence On A Massive Scale, Orange County Register, February 27, 2020
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