People are often accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Less often they are convicted of these crimes. Although it isn’t a frequent occurrence, wrongful convictions should be guarded against at every turn. When our justice system works like it is supposed to, innocent people go free and guilty people are convicted.
New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is looking to create a task force designed to specifically look at wrongful convictions, why they happen, and what can be done to prevent them. Unlike programs like the Innocence Project, this task force won’t look at cases that may be wrongful convictions but will only work with cases where the defendants have been exonerated.
As this article in the New York Times points out, the task force won’t only be looking at capital cases either. The group will look at all wrongful convictions in hopes to get a good, well-balanced idea about why they happen. This kind of information will be useful, not only to the New York criminal justice system, but to justice systems across the country.
The task force will include judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, scientists, and legislators. This broad base will mean greater respect for the task force’s findings and more widely accepted research.
Ideally, no one in this country would be accused of a crime they didn’t commit. Even more important, though, is that the justice system work by eliminating those that are wrongfully accused before they become the wrongfully convicted. This is how the United States system was designed to work.
Finding a solution for wrongful convictions begins with researching the causes and this task force may be on track with that.
Whether you are facing charges of a crime you didn’t commit or if you made a mistake, broke the law, and are now willing to take responsibility, you need the assistance of an experienced defense lawyer. Call us today to discuss the charges against you.