False Justice: 8 Myths that Lead to Wrongful Convictions [NOOK Book]

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Former Ohio Attorney General crusades against wrongful conviction and shows how citizens can prevent this terrifyingly common miscarriage of justice.“Wrongful 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.”
- Jim Petro, Former Attorney General of OhioThe flaws in America’s execution of justice lead to an unacceptable number of wrongful criminal ...
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Overview

Former Ohio Attorney General crusades against wrongful conviction and shows how citizens can prevent this terrifyingly common miscarriage of justice.“Wrongful 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.”
- Jim Petro, Former Attorney General of OhioThe flaws in America’s execution of justice lead to an unacceptable number of wrongful criminal convictions. Jim Petro was confronted with this issue when the innocence of several convicts serving life sentences was called into question. In False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro detail and challenge eight myths of justice:
1.  Even if he is innocent this time, he/she is probably a career criminal
2.  The conviction of an innocent is extremely unlikely
3.  Of course he/she did it—he/she confessed
4.  Wrongful conviction is the result of innocent human error
5.  With so many professionals involved, errors are caught long before the verdict
6.  Eyewitness identification is the most reliable testimony
7.  Even if the jury is wrong, it will be fixed on appeal
8.  It is up to professionals in the justice system to fix problems in the justice system

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607148982
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 679,447
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Petro is a former Republican Attorney General of Ohio. Throughout his 35-year career as an attorney and 28-year career as an elected public office holder, he has been publicly committed to strong law-and-order platforms. As Ohio Auditor of State, he and his team cleaned up a corrupt office and performed audits that led to the criminal conviction of an unprecedented 110 public officials in Ohio. His tenure as Attorney General was marked by a nation-leading effort that added 210,000 DNA profiles from Ohio felons and misdemeanants to the national DNA Codis database. This effort resulted in the immediate solving of dozens of cold cases, hundreds over the ensuing months and years. Nancy Petro has 35 years of full-time experience in marketing, publishing, and business management and has taken an active role in her husband's political career.
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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Should be required reading for every voter!

    This book is important, compelling, easy to read, and surprisingly bipartisan. No matter what your political affiliation is or what your knowledge is of Petro's political career, you will not doubt Petro's sincerity about the information he is presenting and his belief in the changes that need to happen in our courts. This could have been as dry as a textbook, but I found it engaging for both my heart and my brain. Most significantly, it makes me want to get involved in changing our judicial system as an "ordinary citizen;" Petro makes me a believer that every voice matters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    This is a very well written book that tells us about innocently

    This is a very well written book that tells us about innocently convictions and DNA testings.  It also tells us about how wrongful convictions can be prevented and it challenges myths about our criminal justice system.  It is a great book that gives plenty of examples and stories and goes into detail about the eight myths that convict the innocent.  All together I loved the book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to find out more about our justice system and DNA testing.

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