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False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent

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Former Ohio Attorney General crusades against wrongful conviction and shows how citizens can prevent this terrifyingly common miscarriage of justice.

“Wrongful criminal conviction is much more frequent than most Americans believe. The thought of imprisoned innocent people haunted me. I became determined to try to do something about it.” - Jim Petro, Former Attorney General

ebook, 256 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Kaplan Publishing
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Gloria Wolk
Aug 19, 2012 Gloria Wolk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent explanation as to why too many police, prosecutors, and judges are eager to convict someone who may be innocent, why police and prosecutors withhold evidence of the innocence, why judges favor prosecutors and why, once DNA proves a person's innocence, prosecutors and judges continue to conspire to keep the wrongly convicted in prison.

That would be depressing and frightening, but the authors also recommend how the injustice system can be fixed. And this is the important message. Those w
Nov 20, 2011 bup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have rarely been so affected by a book. It's not sensationalist in the least - I need to make that clear. It's written by a no-nonsense, Republican, pro-death penalty former attorney general (of the state of Ohio) and his wife, but it has moved this jaded reader.

False Justice , in 250 short pages (really - it's not dense), covers more topics and astounding problems with the post-conviction (and some pre-conviction) justice system than I can cover in a review, but it'll wake you up.

Look up De
Jul 21, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Justice is an issue that is near to my heart. Having lived and worked overseas in some of the poorest parts of the world, I have been confronted with and fought against injustice on many levels, especially in dealing with corrupt governments and unjust economic structures.

This book hit home in a new way for me on the topic of justice in areas that I had not considered before. It was a compelling and gracefully written delineation of some of the problems our criminal justice system faces here in
Ryan Routh
The fact that this book exists is as impressive as the book itself. Petro's GOP credentials make him an arguably unlikely author of a pro-innocence book, but he explains the small government, fiscal conservative approach that got him there. The best part of the book are the stories of his involvement in individual cases and how he came to his current stance on assisting prisoners in exonerations where the evidence points in that direction. The story of his political assault on the Summit County ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jim & Nancy Petro's inspirational book takes a critical look at how common misperceptions make it harder for our criminal justice system to deliver reliable results. This is a "must read" not merely for criminal justice professionals but for all Americans. Chock full of scientific documentation but easy for civilians to read, and hard to put down. 5 stars!!!
Jun 22, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book revealing the flaws of our justice system. Not just for lawyers this book tells truly compelling stories - very easy to read, I read this in one sitting. I recommend this to lawyers, law students, and anyone interested in a fascinating, and also educational, read.
Jul 03, 2011 Naomi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alright..I am just getting into this book and, as a Libertarian, already think I am going to have a BIG problem with it...Really, Mr. Petro..the DNA collection of ALL convicted criminals, violent and non-violent & misdemeanors and nonviolent felons...there is big brother government stepping on the lives of private citizens yet again...I agree with the use of DNA in solving crimes, but let's let Law Enforcement do some of the work without stepping on private citizens and then get the DNA from ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
False Justice presents compelling evidence that wrongful convictions occur with an alarming frequency here in the United States. Jim Petro and Nancy Petro highlight a few specific cases to show the personal side of this problem, but they also present a lot of data and professional analysis. (Sometimes the chapters focused on statistics and data crunching were a dry read, but the book did a good job of returning to stories and clear examples before long.) Even more importantly, False Justice eloq ...more
Sara Ann
Jan 29, 2013 Sara Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for every single American! Having seen first hand some of the flaws in our current criminal justice systems and how easily an innocent person can be accused, convicted and sentenced for a crime should scare us all. This book is a call to action for all of us to be aware and active in holding "the system" accountable to be fair and honest in the pursuit of justice. For me it clearly lays out how easily juries can be mislead into finding a defendant guilty and the uphill battl ...more
Jim Traxler
May 18, 2015 Jim Traxler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eye-opening book!

I had no concept of how many wrongful convictions have taken place in our justice system and how resistant the system is to take steps to exonerate innocent people in prison. The book carries even more weight when you realize that it is written by a Republican who is a former Attorney General. Jim and Nancy Petro, you have my deepest respect and admiration for your advocacy to correct this disturbing problem.
Melissa Andrews
Great read on the horrors that await you should you be unlucky enough to be convicted for a crime you didn't commit. These myths show how easy it is, despite the good intentions of the justice system, for an innocent person to be convicted of a crime, and then how astronomically difficult it is for that person to attempt to prove his/her innocence. I learned a lot about DNA evidence and how eyewitness testimony can be easily contaminated. I will be carefully monitoring my local elections and enc ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book made me more aware of how mistakes are made by professionals in the criminal justice system, and how jurors make mistakes. It will definitely make me a better juror.
Nov 12, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I already agree with what the author has written, reading this book was a little bit more of a chore than I wish it had been. There are real problems with our criminal justice system. I wish it were an issue everyone cared about. Awareness to the problem is so needed. Petro does a good job of putting the reader in the middle of these cases using his personal experience. There is a human face to put with these cases of injustice. I'd recommend "False Justice" to anyone.
Oct 29, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jim and Nancy Petro set forth a careful and thoughtful case for post-conviction DNA testing and changes to be made in the practices of the American justice season to exonerate the innocent and convict the people who are really guilty in every crime.
Lara Baker

False Justice presents compelling arguments for continued justice reform in the area of false convictions. The writing, on the other hand, detracts from this important message as it lacks flow at times, appearing choppy & disjointed.
Paul Bauer
Oct 06, 2012 Paul Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An alarming and compelling critique of the American criminal justice system.
Sep 20, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. I'll write more when I am at my computer.
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THE SON OF A BELOVED JUSTICE OF THE PEACE in Brooklyn, Ohio, Jim Petro was raised in a family that considered public service a noble calling. Throughout his 37-year career as an attorney and 28-year career as an elected public office holder, Jim has been publicly committed to strong law-and-order platforms. As Ohio Auditor of State, he and his team cleaned up a corrupt office and performed audits ...more
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“if the system is 99 percent accurate, 22,284 innocent persons are in prison. If the system is 99.9 percent accurate, that is still 2,228 innocent people in prison.” 0 likes
“once convicted, a prisoner’s opportunity to prove his or her innocence is extremely remote and requires an army of pro bono lawyers and tenacious family members willing to work for years at great expense without any guarantee of restoring justice.” 0 likes
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