Reveals the consequences of blaming the blameless through 42 cases.
Innocent graphically documents forty-two recent criminal cases to find evidence of shocking miscarriages of justice, especially in murder cases. Based upon interviews with more than 200 people and reviews of hundreds internal case files, court records, smoking-gun memoranda, and other documents, Scott Christianson gets inside the legal cases, revealing the mistakes, abuses, and underlying factors that led to miscarriages of justice, while also describing how determined prisoners, post-conviction attorneys, advocates, and journalists struggle against tremendous odds to try to win their exonerations.
The result is a powerful work that recounts the human costs of a criminal justice system gone awry, and shows us how wrongful convictions can—and do—happen everywhere.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Presumed Guilty 2 Mistaken Identi?cation 3 Eyewitness Perjury 4 Ineffective Counsel 5 False Confessions 6 Police Misconduct 7 Fabrication of Evidence 8 Prosecutorial Misconduct9 Forensics 10 Selected Wrongful Conviction Cases Appendix Selected References Resources About the Author