Criminal Justice Section

Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2003

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE Spring 2003 Volume 18, Number 1 FEATURES

Wrongful Rights
By Andrew Taslitz
The author, a Howard University law professor, chair of the magazine editorial board, and special issue editor, introduces the wrongful convictions symposium and examines-from police procedures and DNA testing to resources inequities and sentencing-what has led to the public loss of confidence in the criminal justice system.

Wrongful Conviction: Causes and Public Policy Issues
By C. Ronald Huff

Based on a national survey of attorneys general and a study in the State of Ohio, the author defines mistaken convictions and looks at how often and why they occur.

Jailhouse Informants
By Robert M. Bloom

An unsettling look at how jailhouse informants have come to employ lies and deception to obtain special favors, adulterating the justice system in the process.

Flawed Expert Testimony: Striking the Right Balance in Admissibility Standards
By Edward Imwinkelried

The author discusses why courts no longer consider experts infallible, while arguing against the wholesale exclusion of such testimony-which he says would force the courts to depend on far less reliable evidence, such as eyewitness identification.

Eyewitness Identification Evidence: How Well Are Witnesses and Police Performing?
By Stephen Penrod

A statistical examination of the frequency of mistaken identification with regard to police procedures, this article asks and answers such questions as: How often does guessing play a factor? How often do witnesses make mistakes? How effective are police lineups that have only perpetrators as opposed to innocent suspects? How often do witnesses reject the innocent lineups?

Race, the Death Penalty, and Wrongful Convictions
By Karen F. Parker, Mari A. DeWees, and Michael L. Radelet

Three sociologists explore the nexus between wrongful convictions, capital cases, and a theory called the "power-threat hypothesis" as it applies to racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.


Chair's Report to Members
Gideon-40 years later Scientific Evidence
The "science" of wrongful convictions Ethics
Inadequate representation and wrongful conviction Criminal Justice Matters
The error of legitimizing ex parte communications Juvenile Justice
Special education issues: part 2 Trial Tactics
Limits on non-hearsay use of statements Cert Alert
Mid-Term report The Practice
Using jury feedback to tailor trial tactics

Section News
Midyear Meeting report; San Francisco next

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