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Prosecutors admit wrongful convictions: the fox is very sorry and will return the chickens

In a memo exclusively leaked to Appellate Squawk, the National Junta of District Attorneys has directed that that every local DA’s office start a Wrongful Convictions Unit. Opposition from the rank and file was swift and vociferous. It was as … Continue reading

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Stop the presses! A reversal based on a suggestive lineup!

The First Department made history last week by reversing a conviction because the lineup was suggestive (“Appellate Panel Orders Robbery Retrial Over ‘Suggestive Lineup’”NYLJ 8/31/2011 ). The last time a court thought a lineup was suggestive was back in the … Continue reading

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The police interrogation film festival

It’s only taken a decade or two for NY’s Finest to catch up to the civilized world, but according to the Daily News, a couple of NYPD precincts have started videotaping interrogations. (NYPD Now Videotaping Suspects as Detectives Question Them, … Continue reading

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The answer to wrongful convictions? More convictions

It’s been over 20 years since the DNA exonerations started, and not a week goes by without some Bar Association or DA junta “recommending” practical reforms: fully videotaped interrogations; lineups to be administered by a cop who doesn’t know which … Continue reading

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