12 April 2017

GOP Favors Let God Sort Em Out Approach To Wrongful Convictions

One of the strangest conceits of US law enforcement is the idea that punishing the innocent is a close substitute for punishing the guilty.
- Matthew Yglesias via Fully Myelinated.

This comes in response to an effort of the current administration to roll back Obama Administration efforts to exonerate wrongly convicted individuals.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers.
In a statement Monday, Sessions said he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013.

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