The Prosecution, Conviction and Exoneration of Innocent Criminal Defendants Hundreds of innocent defendants who were convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated and released from prison in the United States in the past few decades, and the pace of exonerations is growing. These cases have had a proufound effect on the criminal justice system, touching everything from the procedures for obtaining eyewitness identifications and conducting interrogations, to the use of forensic evidence in arson and "shaken baby" cases, to the retention or abolition of the death penalty. This seminar will focus on what we have learned about the conviction and exoneration of innocent defendants and where we may be heading. It will be organized in part around the information that has recently been made available by the National Registry of Exonerations, exonerationregistry.org.
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