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Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (eBook)

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Edited by: Sarah Lucy Cooper

ISBN13: 9781317160021
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: eBook (ePub)
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Controversies in Innocence Cases in America brings together leading experts on the investigation, litigation, and scholarly analysis of innocence cases in America, from legal, political and ethical perspectives. The contributors, many of whom work on these cases daily, investigate contemporary issues presented by innocence cases and the exoneration movement as a whole. These issues include the challenges faced by the movement, causes of wrongful convictions, problems associated with investigating, proving, and defining 'innocence', and theories of reform. Each issue is placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective handling of these cases, and for what changes should be adopted in order to improve the American criminal justice system when it is faced with its most harrowing sight: an innocent defendant.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , eBooks, USA
Contents:
Foreword

Part I The Rise of the Innocence Movement in America: Innocence found: the new revolution in American criminal justice, Keith Findley
The innocence network: from beginning to branding, Jacqueline McMurtrie.

Part II How are Innocent People Convicted? Common Causes of Wrongful Convictions: Eyewitnesses and erroneous convictions: a American conundrum, Jules Epstein
Disputed interrogation techniques in America: true and false confessions and the estimation and valuation of Type I and II errors, Deborah Davis, Richard A. Leo and Michael J. Williams
Innocence and the suppression of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors, Lissa Griffin.

Part III Reality Bites: Problems with Investigating, Proving and Defining Innocence: The emerging role of innocence lawyer and the need for role-differentiated standards of professional conduct, D. Michael Risinger and Lesley C. Risinger
When finality and innocence collide, Carrie Sperling
Narrowing the construction of 'innocence': societal and constitutional consequences, Francine Banner
The two-legged stool: the asymmetry of American aid for the rule of law and the risk of wrongful conviction, Carrie Leonetti.

Part IV Innocence Reform: Towards a theory of innocence policy reform, Nancy Marion and Marvin Zalman
Innocence commissions in America - ten years after, Sarah Lucy Cooper
Index.