Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Wrongful Convictions (Online) (LAW-729-E001)
Anton Robinson

Meets: 08:00 PM - 09:50 PM (Tu)

Enrolled: 27 / Limit: 28

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A wrongful conviction – the conviction of an innocent person represents the ultimate failure of a criminal legal system. This course is intended to examine the causes of wrongful convictions and 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 limit the impact of these factors.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Texts

  1. James Dwyer, Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld; Actual Innocence.
  2. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, Erin Torneo; Picking Cotton
  3. A case list and substantial additional materials will be available from Adjunct Support and online at the MyWCL portal and on Canvas. Other materials may be duplicated and/or posted online during the term.

Recommended Text

John Grisham, The Guardians. (NOTE: Completely voluntary but I hope to discuss throughout the semester via Canvas).

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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