Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent
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Former Ohio Attorney General crusades against wrongful
conviction and shows how citizens can prevent this
terrifyingly common miscarriage of justice.
â€śWrongful criminal conviction is much more frequent than
most Americans believe. The thought of imprisoned innocent
people haunted me. I became determined to try to do
something about it.â€ť
- Jim Petro, Former Attorney General of Ohio
The flaws in Americaâ€™s execution of justice lead to an
unacceptable number of wrongful criminal convictions. Jim
Petro was confronted with this issue when the guilt of
several convicts serving life sentences was called into
question. In False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro detail and
challenge eight myths of justice:
â€śEveryone in prison claims innocence.â€ť â€śOur system almost
never convicts an innocent person.â€ť â€śOnly the guilty
confess.â€ť â€śWrongful convictions are caused by innocent human
error.â€ť â€śAn eyewitness is the best testimony.â€ť â€śConviction
errors get corrected on appeal.â€ť â€śIt dishonors the victim to
question a conviction.â€ť â€śIf the justice system has problems,
the pros will fix them.â€ť
False Justice corrects these common misunderstandings with
an important truth: true justice requires constant vigilance
and is the responsibility every citizen.
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