Wrongful Convictions: Main Causes for Miscarriage of Justice

by Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jul 15, 2013 | Views: 422 | Score: 0
Number of Cases
Eyewitness Error45
Police/Prosecution Misconduct17
Snitch Testimony10
Junk Science9
False Confession8
Cases of Wrongful Conviction (86 in Total)
Exonerated Cases Involving...
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Anthony Sibley (AJ)
Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jul 15, 2013 12:11 AM said:

Exonerations, where a convicted criminal is later proven innocent, have increased significantly in recent decades. From 1973-1988 (15 years), 35 cases were exonerated; from 1989-2004, there were 81 exonerations. The most common cause was eyewitness error, from "confusion or faulty memory." Snitch testimony was typically a part of a plea bargain. "Other" primarily consisted of bad defense-lawyering and questionable/circumstantial evidence.