Update 9/15/14: Please note that I did not support Conviction Integrity Units staffed only with public servants. I now no longer support Conviction Integrity Units at all … they are being used as a smokescreen to obscure the fact that our justice system will remain inoperable until civil immunities are done away with – it has not been against the law for prosecutors to break laws since 1976; it has not been against the law for D.A.’s, and A.G.’s to break laws since 1977.
Within the knowledge of our Justice Department, thousands of US convictions are clouded by the use of DNA-discredited dog handlers and medical examiners, outdated fire and blood-splatter forensics, the FBI’s self-debunked Comparative Bullet Analysis, and much more.
While I’m encouraged by the creation of Conviction Integrity Unit‘s in some locales, I’m discouraged by the composition of some of them. They can’t be manned entirely by public servants … private citizens must be directly involved, and so must exonerees.
It’s common to call in a new plumber when one plumber leaves you with a mess, but we can’t make the mistake of spending tax dollars to further risk the public safety in assuming that all wrongful convictions are caused by cut and dry errors … many, if not most, are not.
If the goal is to free innocents and find actual criminals as fast as possible and have them switch places to ensure the public safety, Conviction Integrity Units have to be everywhere ASAP, and they have to be composed of people from every walk of life, including those who walked prison corridors unjustly.