False Justice by Jim Petro
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 of OhioThe flaws in America’s execution of justice lead to an unacceptable number of wrongful criminal convictions. Jim Petro was confronted with this issue when the innocence of several convicts serving life sentences was called into question. In False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro detail and challenge eight myths of justice:
1.  Even if he is innocent this time, he/she is probably a career criminal
2.  The conviction of an innocent is extremely unlikely
3.  Of course he/she did it—he/she confessed
4.  Wrongful conviction is the result of innocent human error
5.  With so many professionals involved, errors are caught long before the verdict
6.  Eyewitness identification is the most reliable testimony
7.  Even if the jury is wrong, it will be fixed on appeal
8.  It is up to professionals in the justice system to fix problems in the justice system

False Justice
corrects these common misunderstandings with an important truth: true justice requires constant vigilance and is the responsibility every citizen.

About Jim Petro

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Jim Petro is a former Republican Attorney General of Ohio. Throughout his 35-year career as an attorney and 28-year career as an elected public office holder, he 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 that led to the criminal conviction of an unprecedented 110 public officials in Ohio. His tenure as Attorney General was marked by a nation-leading effort that added 210,000 DNA profiles from Ohio felons and misdemeanants to the national DNA Codis database. This effort resulted in the immediate solving of dozens of cold cases, hundreds over the ensuing months and years. Nancy Petro has 35 years of full-time experience in marketing, publishing, and business management and has taken an active role in her husband's political career.
Published March 10, 2011 by Kaplan Trade. 309 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The former attorney general of Ohio may be an unusual advocate for overturning wrongful convictions, but he makes a well-reasoned and articulate argument for rethinking the American justice system, where innocent people can be convicted, then exonerated years later by post-conviction DNA testing.

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In False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro detail and challenge eight myths of justice:“Everyone in prison claims innocence.” “Our system almost never convicts an innocent person.” “Only the guilty confess.” “Wrongful conviction...

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