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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  

Carrie Sperling

University of Wisconsin Law School, Frank J. Remington Center

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sperling, Carrie, Defense Lawyer Tunnel Vision: The Oft-Ignored Role Defense Counsel Plays in Wrongful Convictions. The Defender, Nos. 18-19, Fall 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802654

Carrie Sperling (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin Law School, Frank J. Remington Center ( email )

975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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