October 2 — International Wrongful Conviction Day

“63% of the 513 people exonerated by members of the Innocence Network are people of color. This Wrongful Conviction Day, the Innocence Network is standing up to help fix the criminal justice system by raising awareness about the role that racial bias plays in wrongful convictions.”

Wrongful Conviction Day

“Since 31 January 2001 — the day the guilty verdict against Abdelbaset Megrahi was announced by the Scottish Court at Camp Zeist — I have made no secret of my belief in his innocence. His conviction, on the evidence led at the trial, was nothing short of astonishing. It constitutes, in my view, the worst miscarriage of justice perpetrated by a Scottish criminal court since the conviction of Oscar Slater in 1909 for the murder of Marion Gilchrist.”

Professor Robert Black — October 26 2008

October 2 2018 — Today marks the 5th anniversary of Wrongful Conviction Day. The most common reasons for wrongful convictions are mistaken eyewitness accounts, false confessions, official misconduct, and false accusation. Those who are known to have been wrongfully convicted have spent an average of 10.7 years in prison. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Wrongful Conviction Day is an international day to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families.

Wrongful Conviction Day began as an effort of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed.  This is the fifth annual day.

PS/ On October 2 2009, Lucy Adams (Herald of Scotland) revealed that Scottish police officers took an active role in seeking a $3m-plus reward for a key witness in the Lockerbie bombing trial. Top experts have concluded that his testimony was a fabrication.

Forensic Science: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) 

REFERENCES

International Wrongful Conviction Day October 2 — Official Website

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International Wrongful Conviction Day (October 2)

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