Controversies in Innocence Cases in America

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America

by Sarah Lucy Cooper

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Controversies in Innocence Cases in America brings together leading experts on the investigation, litigation, and scholarly analysis of innocence cases in America, from legal, political and ethical perspectives. The contributors, many of whom work on these cases daily, investigate contemporary issues presented by innocence cases and the exoneration movement as a whole. These issues include the challenges faced by the movement, causes of wrongful convictions, problems associated with investigating, proving, and defining 'innocence', and theories of reform. Each issue is placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective handling of these cases, and for what changes should be adopted in order to improve the American criminal justice system when it is faced with its most harrowing sight: an innocent defendant.

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ISBN-13: 9781409463566
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sarah Lucy Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Law and founding member of the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University in the UK where her teaching and research focus on English and American criminal procedure, practice and reform. She is a barrister and Lord Denning Scholar of the Bar of England and Wales, and a pro bono academic for Amicus. Sarah is a Fellow at the Arizona Justice Project - a non-profit organisation that considers claims of ‘innocence’ and ‘manifest injustice’ from Arizona inmates. In 2012, her work on Bill Macumber’s case was documented by Barry Siegel in his book, Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers who Fought for his Freedom. Sarah has published and presented her scholarship in Europe and the USA, and was recently shortlisted for Birmingham Law Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award and a 2013 Extra Mile Award.

Keith A. Findley, Jacqueline McMurtrie, Jules Epstein, Deborah Davis, Richard A. Leo, Michael J. Williams, Lissa Griffin, Carrie Leonetti, D. Michael Risinger, Lesley C. Risinger, Carrie Sperling, Francine Banner, Nancy Marion, Marvin Zalman, Sarah Lucy Cooper

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Part I The Rise of the Innocence Movement in America: Innocence found: the new revolution in American criminal justice, Keith A. Findley; The innocence network: from beginning to branding, Jacqueline McMurtrie. Part II How are Innocent People Convicted? Common Causes of Wrongful Convictions: Eyewitnesses and erroneous convictions: an American conundrum, Jules Epstein; Disputed interrogation techniques in America: true and false confessions and the estimation and valuation of Type I and II errors, Deborah Davis, Richard A. Leo and Michael J. Williams; Innocence and the suppression of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors, Lissa Griffin; The two-legged stool: the asymmetry of American aid for the rule of law and the risk of wrongful conviction, Carrie Leonetti. Part III Reality Bites: Problems with Investigating, Proving and Defining Innocence: The emerging role of innocence lawyer and the need for role-differentiated standards of professional conduct, D. Michael Risinger and Lesley C. Risinger; When finality and innocence collide, Carrie Sperling; Narrowing the construction of ‘innocence’: societal and constitutional consequences, Francine Banner. Part IV Innocence Reform: Towards a theory of innocence policy reform, Nancy Marion and Marvin Zalman; Innocence commissions in America: ten years after, Sarah Lucy Cooper. Index.

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