False Justice and the 'True' Prosecutor: A Memoir, Tribute, and Commentary

26 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2012 Last revised: 4 Apr 2012

Mark Godsey

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Date Written: January 12, 2012

Abstract

This article is a review of False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent by Jim and Nancy Petro. But this article is also a memoir, in that I tell the story, from my own perspective as Director of the Ohio Innocence Project, of how I have watched Jim Petro go from prosecutor and elected Attorney General of Ohio to a leading champion of the wrongfully convicted across the nation. The article is also a commentary in that, along the way, I address what makes Jim Petro so different from many prosecutors in this country. In this respect, I discuss problems in our criminal justice system that unfortunately lead some prosecutors, in far too many instances, to contest post-conviction claims of innocence in ways that I believe are contrary to our profession’s ethical standards. With this article, I hold out Jim Petro as a national model - an example that all other prosecutors should strive to emulate.

Keywords: Criminal Law, innocence, wrongful conviction, post-conviction

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Godsey, Mark, False Justice and the 'True' Prosecutor: A Memoir, Tribute, and Commentary (January 12, 2012). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 9; U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 12-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1983944

Mark Godsey (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
United States

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