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Resource ID: #108
Subject: 232
Source: 20Florence Graves, Alec Klein, Erin Moriarty, Anne Driscoll
Affiliation: Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Medill Innocence Project, CBS News, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
Date: 2012

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An exploration of the challenges and rewards of covering wrongful conviction cases and issues. This panel discussion will cover the important role journalists can and should play in investigating likely wrongful convictions, (academic experts say there are thousands of innocent people in U.S. prisons), the many obstacles reporters face and strategies for overcoming them, the challenges of cases with and without DNA evidence and advice about handling common ethical issues. The panel also will explore the major issues that contribute to wrongful convictions: unreliability of eyewitness identification, prosecutorial misconduct, police misconduct, snitch evidence, false confessions, and frequently used forensic evidence that a National Academy of Sciences Foundation panel of experts says has not been scientifically proven (even though it is presented and accepted in court as if it has been).

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