Defense Lawyer Tunnel Vision: The Oft-Ignored Role Defense Counsel Plays in Wrongful Convictions
The Defender, Nos. 18-19, Fall 2010
39 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2011
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.
Keywords: innocence, criminal procedure, post-conviction, ineffective assistance of counsel
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