“If we prioritize conviction rates rather than having just verdicts, and if we vote that way in elections, this problem [of unfair, biased criminal prosecutions] will just continue.”
by Todd VanDerWerff on January 11, 2016, Netflix’s Making a Murderer: the directors explain what many have missed about the series. Vox.com, January 11, 2016.
Prosecutorial bias permeates the American judicial system. Prosecutors hell-bent on victory often directly or indirectly prod investigators and experts to get the results they want. It’s refreshing to see a judge recognize this in a well-reasoned, groundbreaking decision.
Martin Yant, Rogue prosecutor’s influence on hair expert’s testimony highlighted in ruling overturning conviction. Wrongful Convictions Blog, January 27, 2016. You can read the court decision here.
If, is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, which immediately sprang to mind when reading the above article.