Prosecutorial Misconduct

GUESTS: KEN ARMSTRONG Legal Affairs Writer, "The Chicago Tribune" Co-Author of five-part series in Chicago Tribune, "Trial and Error: How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win," published January 10-14, 1999 ANDREA LYON Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Chief of the Homicide Task Force, Cook County (Chicago) Public Defenders Office 1987-1990 DICK DEVINE Cook County State's Attorney, Chicago According to a recent "Chicago Tribune" report, nearly 400 defendants have been falsely convicted and imprisoned, some even put on Death Row, for crimes they had not committed. In fact, it turned out that these defendants had been convicted based on prosecutors' knowingly using false evidence or failing to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense. Join Ray Suarez and guests for a look at prosecutorial misconduct and how widespread it actually is... on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

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