New York AG’s Office to Create Internal Wrongful Convictions Review Unit…

From the New York Times (full story here):

Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, is creating a bureau to investigate criminal cases across the state in which convictions have been called into question.

The Conviction Review Bureau represents the first statewide initiative by a law enforcement agency to address potential wrongful convictions, at a time when many in the state’s criminal justice system, including the chief judge, have been calling for changes like the videotaping of police interrogations and the use of new practices for eyewitnesses’ identifications.

“There is only one person who wins when the wrong person is convicted of a crime: the real perpetrator, who remains free to commit more crimes,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. “For victims, their families and any of us who could suffer the nightmare of being wrongly accused, it is imperative that we do everything possible to maximize accuracy, justice and reliability in our justice system.”

The bureau will consist of one current assistant attorney general, who will be able to call upon investigators and assistant attorneys general as needed. A panel of seven senior lawyers in the office will advise the bureau.  To continue reading, full story here.

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