36 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2009
Date Written: 2004
With this Article, I hope to motivate state legislators to enact responsible, practical compensation statutes and encourage courts to entertain state law and civil rights claims brought by those who have been unjustly convicted and later exonerated. I begin by looking at the reasons for enacting compensation statutes: uniformity, practicality, popular support, and fairness. Next, I dissect the arguments raised by opponents. Finally, I turn to recent judicial decisions hinting that courts may be stepping in where legislatures fear to tread.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bernhard, Adele, Justice Still Fails: A Review of Recent Efforts to Compensate Individuals Who Have Been Unjustly Convicted and Later Exonerated (2004). Drake Law Review, Vol. 52, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396849