Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong

April 06, 2011 • 12:15 PM • Law School 3041
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Professor Brandon Garrett, from the University of Virginia School of Law, will present a discussion on his new book entitled "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong." Garrett took a microscopic and unprecedented look at the first 250 DNA exonerations in the U.S., reviewing trial transcripts and numerous other source documents to identify what went wrong in those cases. His investigation revealed larger patterns of lawyer incompetence, prosecutorial abuse, and plain error. He will talk about those and other weaknesses in our criminal justice system, including unsound forensic evidence, poor police work, psychological biases, and more. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Tiffany Cervi at