And I am not interested in continuing this back and forth bullshit. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Salt Lake City, Utah; practiced civil litigation and white collar-criminal defense at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in Chicago and New York City; and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted federal crimes ranging from political corruption to hijacking to organized crime. He will eventually be free to sue all involved in this disgraceful and dishonest prosecution. Godsey also examines how human memory works. Mark Godsey, founder and director of the and law professor at the University of Cincinnati, spoke to Wisconsin Public Radio on Monday about his new book: Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions, which was released by the University of California Press last week.
Regardless of whether or not Peterson is, in fact, innocent or guilty, it is clear that everyone—the police, the public, the media, and ultimately the jury—gave way too much weight to his demeanor. The state did not allow a highly competent forensic pathologist to testify for the defense, a pathologist who would seriously challenge both the fetus and whether it had an independent existence. Each stressful wrongful conviction case takes huge commitment on the part of innocence advocates who may or may not succeed after years of effort. But my question to everyone who finds Scott innocent is this. He was trying to avoid the press and the public - what he did seems very normal to me.
That is to say, they never think anything that has not been thought before and by thousands. Well-written, easy to read and terrifying analysis of the criminal justice system. It's not about facts or information, it's about biased opinions written and presented by people with degrees who think they're experts on something and we're supposed to take it as such. He has never once expressed anything to anyone in any way that he cared about his wife and child being murdered. It's not a textbook, it's not a memoir, it's not a novel, but it's sort of mix of all of them and he pulls it off really well. Purchase Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions.
It is an accessible book for laypersons and criminologists who are new to the subject. It's what happens on both sides. I couldn't put it down. Mencken, a noted racist and anti-semite, certainly is one man's opinion- not the authority on the logistics of this case or of the thought processes that arrived at Mr. It's quite impossible - it literally cannot be done.
How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? No, the circumstantial evidence all went to his innocence. Your comment is a case study in projection, but it is clearly you who is commenting based on emotion alone rather than facts and evidence. They figured ppl would assume its too far fetched to believe such a story. This is a small number in the grand scheme of American criminal justice, but it doesn't count the many other wrongfully convicted individuals who are unable to meet the high bar for overturning a conviction. His interview with Diane Sawyer was a joke. David Harris: That would include the underwear as well? But it turns out that all people are subject to certain distinct psychological weaknesses, and those weaknesses can and do sometimes lead to injustice.
So she goes for a walk in black pants and a white top, as she's walking back she sees the burglars and questions them and they grab her. Clearly this one piece of evidence alone eliminates her husband. The defense failed to challenge them on it, or accepted testimony which should have been exculpatory but was not understood as important. Parts will make you shake your head in amazement, parts will give you a sense of elation, and parts will make you cry. The most important thing to understand is that it truly can happen to anyone. And those were still in place too. This is the rare book that looks at criminal justice from the perspective of culture.
An attention-grabbing book that powerfully instructs. Some people who lose loved ones may simply not be as upset about it as one might expect. Facts behoove the jobless fool. It is not an attack on them. I find it fascinating that this white man is considered innocent when black people are prosecuted and serve lifetime jail terms for crimes they never committed, all based on racist bias. He was an award-winning federal prosecutor in New York City before becoming a leading attorney and activist for the wrongfully convicted. I guess you must be one of the less than a handful of percent of people in this country that have never lied to a partner, never cheated, never done anything wrong.
None of these things prove his guilt by themselves, but when you add them together — plus countless other circumstantial bits of evidence — there is no other explanation but that he is guilty. We do not elect anyone associated with criminal justice in my country. A must-read for anyone who cares about justice. Some of his actions speak guilty, but he would have had to be a genius to have committed this crime and not leave any physical evidence. Ruined cop shows for me but gives a good overview of how misattribution, tunnel vision and confirmation bias work in the minds a witnesses and investigators with or without administrative evil and noble cause corruption.
It is much easier to conclude the obvious, that Laci Peterson wore these out herself over a period of weeks. The insight is deceptively simple, but compelling: human beings are possessed of psychic weaknesses that all but guarantee the imprisonment of innocent men and women. Experts, Godsey points out, are often told who did it, and then asked for confirmation. And they weren't cheap either. There are moments when his cogitations are relatively more respectable than usual, but even at their climaxes they never reach anything properly describable as the level of serious thought. To my Australian eye, and sense of fairness, these are bizarre practices.
Mark Godsey has what it takes. I would recommend to anyone. Very good book, incredibly in depth. Every bit of the evidence in this case was circumstantial. How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? I think given the state the body was in yes, I read what autopsy notes have been made available , it really is a guessing game as to the exact date. It would make a lively text in a wrongful conviction course. Barely better than a coin flip.