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False Justice by Jim Petro
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Aug 19, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

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 who read my novel, "Accidental Felon," ask these questions. "Fatal Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent" answers both questions as few authors can do. Jim Petro is former attorney general of Ohio. He describes in this book how he first realized there were serious wrongs with the justice system and how, step-by-step, he became involved in the Innocence Project.

This is not a preachy or scolding book. It is as if Jim Petro was sitting by your fireside telling you stories, stories of how he became aware, stories of people who were actually innocent and kept in prison for years after their innocence was established, and the fight by Innocence Project attorneys and law students to force the judicial system to operate as it should.
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