Prosecution Complex: America's Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent

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"The book should be required reading by all prosecutors, and by all law students who would seek to practice criminal law."
Los Angeles Daily Journal

“Wrongful convictions will continue until prosecutors are one day held accountable for their deliberate misconduct. Prosecution Complex examines their misbehavior and the tragic consequences.It also shows us how to fix the problems.”
—John Grisham, New York Times best-selling author of The ...

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Overview

"The book should be required reading by all prosecutors, and by all law students who would seek to practice criminal law."
Los Angeles Daily Journal

“Wrongful convictions will continue until prosecutors are one day held accountable for their deliberate misconduct. Prosecution Complex examines their misbehavior and the tragic consequences.It also shows us how to fix the problems.”
—John Grisham, New York Times best-selling author of The Litigators

American prosecutors are asked to play two roles within the criminal justice system: they are supposed to be ministers of justice whose only goals are to ensure fair trials—and they are also advocates of the government whose success rates are measured by how many convictions they get. Because of this second role, sometimes prosecutors suppress evidence in order to establish a defendant’s guilt and safeguard that conviction over time.

In Prosecution Complex, Daniel S. Medwed shows how prosecutors are told to lock up criminals and protect the rights of defendants. This double role creates an institutional “prosecution complex” that animates how district attorneys’ offices treat potentially innocent defendants at all stages of the process—and that can cause prosecutors to aid in the conviction of the innocent.Ultimately, Prosecution Complex shows how, while most prosecutors aim to do justice, only some hit that target consistently.
Daniel S. Medwed is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the 2013 recipient of the Robert D. Klein University Lectureship.

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"Daniel Medwed provides a fascinating ethical, legal, and psychological perspective on the work of prosecutors, the power-players in our criminal justice system. With gripping accounts from real criminal cases gone wrong, he shows how the best-intentioned prosecutors can convict the innocent while racing to convict the guilty. Prosecutors can fall prey to cognitive biases that we all share in our everyday lives, but with nearly-absolute discretion, they lack adequate checks and safeguards to correct for such bias. This book simply must be read by all who care about the past and the future of criminal justice." -Brandon L. Garrett,Roy L. and Rosamund Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law, University of Virginia

“Professor Daniel Medwed has written a compelling book entitled Prosecution Complex. The book offers inside knowledge based on his experience as a litigator and serious scholar of miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system. Anybody concerned with fairness and examining the role of prosecutors at every stage of our criminal justice process will find this book absorbing, sobering, and informative. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking at our American legal system and seeking reforms. This is a must read!”-Charles J. Ogletree,Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

"Wrongful convictions will continue until prosecutors are one day held accountable for their deliberate misconduct. Prosecution Complex examines their misbehavior and the tragic consequences. It also shows us how to fix the problems."-John Grisham,New York Times best-selling author of The Litigators

"Prosecution Complex challenges us all to work towards changes that can be more likely to result in genuine justice, rather than the comfortable feeling that comes simply from putting somebody behind bars."-Scott Renshaw,City Weekly

"The book should be required reading by all prosecutors, and by all law students who would seek to practice criminal law."-Maurice Possley,Los Angeles Daily Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479893089
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 781,325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Daniel S. Medwed is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the 2013 recipient of the Robert D. Klein University Lectureship.
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