Conviction Integrity Units: An Interesting Example in Brooklyn
I’ve written before about Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs) in prosecutors’ offices (take a look here and here). CIUs are groups of lawyers within prosecutors’ offices — just like a major crimes unit or a narcotics unit, though probably much smaller than either of these — with the job of investigating questionable past convictions from that same office. CIUs do this when presented with evidence that raises real doubts about the guilt of a convicted defendant in one of the office’s past cases.
The first CIU was established by Dallas DA Craig Watkins, who had then just been elected against a backdrop of more than 20 exonerations of people wrongfully convicted under the past leadership of his agency. (The latest story about Watkins and the exoneration of wrongfully convicted people in Dallas — examining a fascinating twist on exonerations — is here.) Just a couple of years later, Patricia…
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