Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saskatchewan Star-Phoenix story "Wrongful Conviction Day to raise awareness" cites "bad science" as one of the causes - but notes that, "Bad scientific evidence has often been corrected as forensic methods have improved."

STORY: "Wrongful Conviction Day to raise awareness," by reporter Betty Ann Adam, published by the Star-Phoenix on September 27, 2014.

GIST:  "It's a way of people realizing it's an international phenomenon," said lawyer James Lockyer. "It's inevitably going to be that, because each justice system is populated by people who make mistakes." Lockyer, one of the AIDWYK founders and a dedicated advocate for convicted, but innocent people, said he hopes the event will spread to other nations.  Wrongful convictions often share the same kinds of mistakes, AIDWYK has found. Unreliable eye witnesses, tunnel vision by investigators, undisclosed evidence in favour of the accused, bad science and false confessions are frequent themes in the histories of AIDWYK cases outlined on the group's website. Bad scientific evidence has often been corrected as forensic methods have improved."

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