I have to wonder how many prosecutors and police know that they were convicting some innocent people?
#3 | Posted by danni at 2015-01-27 11:43 AM
During my time in the SF DA's office, we talked about this on each questionable case on a weekly basis in office meetings, and would frequently send cases back to the detectives if we had any questions. You still wondered, at times, if what the PD gave you was correct.
You have to understand that with the caseload a typical DA has, you don't have a lot of time to work up the case before it is time to go to trial (the exception being Capital or Three Strikes type cases) and you typically have dozens of open matters at any one time.
Our justice system is designed to be adversarial. Each side fighting to prevail. Of course there will be innocent people convicted when the goal isn't truth, but rather to win.
#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2015-01-28 02:53 PM
I agree, it is an unfortunate byproduct of our system but I have yet to see one that works in such a way that these types of situations don't happen.