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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:34 AM
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Supreme Court shields prosecutors in wrongful convictions
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One innocent man, from Arizona, was sent back to prison for raping a child when the Supreme Court ruled he had no right to evidence that would later set him free.

Another innocent man, from Louisiana, was convicted of murder and came within weeks of being executed because prosecutors had hidden a blood test that later freed him.

The two men were linked at the Supreme Court last week by Justice Antonin Scalia, who argued that criminal defendants have no right to "potentially useful evidence" that "might" show they were innocent.

Since the 1990s, the advent of DNA evidence has swept across the American criminal justice system and revealed that hundreds of convicted prisoners were innocent. Yet, throughout that time, the Supreme Court has shielded prosecutors from claims that they hid evidence that could have revealed the truth and has been reluctant to give prisoners a right to reopen old cases.
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  -Supreme Court shields prosecutors in wrongful convictions The Straight Story  Apr-04-11 06:34 AM   #0 
  - What the fuck....  WCGreen   Apr-04-11 06:36 AM   #1 
  - The solution to that problem isn't to prosecute the prosecutors  inademv   Apr-04-11 06:40 AM   #2 
  - We don't need dirty prosecutors in our world today.  The Backlash Cometh   Apr-04-11 09:41 AM   #5 
  - New legislation is needed  DFW   Apr-04-11 06:59 AM   #3 
  - In some states  Old Codger   Apr-04-11 07:59 AM   #4 
  - My point exactly.  DFW   Apr-04-11 11:21 AM   #7 
  - Hear Hear, Sir  The Magistrate   Apr-04-11 11:31 AM   #9 
  - A great flaw in the adversarial system, truth is of no importance other than as a "gotcha".  TheKentuckian   Apr-04-11 09:44 AM   #6 
  - very bad news  G_j   Apr-04-11 11:24 AM   #8 
  - The SCOTUS had an invalid argument-stating that the  mrmpa   Apr-04-11 11:51 AM   #10 
     - really  G_j   Apr-04-11 01:22 PM   #11 

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