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Book Review

By Brandon L. Garrett

Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Convictions Go Wrong

By Brandon L. Garrett
Harvard University Press (2011)
Reviewed by Donald G. Rehkopf Jr.
 

Anyone who regularly handles post-conviction cases knows of Professor Brandon Garrett’s scholarship. Anyone who has done criminal defense work for any length of time is familiar with the issues raised in his book, Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Convictions Go Wrong. For a number of years Garrett, a faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law, has focused his scholarship on the causes of wrongful convictions. His recently published book is both a continuation of that research and an extrapolation of his prior research. In it, he examines in depth the cases of the first 250 people exonerated by DNA testing — most, after spending many years in prison.

Wrongful convictions were not uncovered because the criminal justice system worked. (p. 244)

This is not necessarily a book for experienced criminal defense lawyers. Lawy

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