Defense Lawyer Tunnel Vision: The Oft-Ignored Role Defense Counsel Plays in Wrongful Convictions
University of Wisconsin Law School, Frank J. Remington Center
The Defender, Nos. 18-19, Fall 2010
This article discusses the sometimes forgotten role that defense lawyers play in wrongful convictions. Often, strong cases of actual innocence are thwarted by defense lawyers' failure to preserve a defendant's procedural avenues for relief. The article reminds lawyers that procedural errors have long-lasting consequences for the innocent who have been wrongly convicted.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: innocence, criminal procedure, post-conviction, ineffective assistance of counsel
Date posted: August 24, 2011