WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: CONTEXT, FACT, AND FICTION
(LAWD-4033) - 2 UNITS
Television shows, podcasts, and a barrage of news stories about innocent people fighting for exoneration have made wrongful convictions a hot topic in the law in recent years. This 2 unit seminar course will examine the Innocence Movement and its place in the national debate over prison and justice reform. We will look at the causes of wrongful conviction, such as false confessions, faulty eyewitness identification, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and ineffective assistance of defense counsel. Additionally, we will look at how innocence cases are portrayed in the media, both in fiction and nonfiction, and examine how this has influenced Americans? ideas about the Innocence Movement and how it figures into the national conversation about fixing the justice system. Throughout the semester, we will enjoy fascinating guest speakers from all corners of the criminal justice world.