Three bills awaiting the signature of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would reform the state’s criminal justice system to provent wrongful convictions. In an op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee, former federal prosecutor Thomas Sullivan calls for the state to improve its justice system for all parties involved.
I have sat on both sides of the table — prosecuting crimes as a U.S. attorney and representing the accused as a defense lawyer. This broad experience has shown me that if we can bolster the reliability of evidence in the courtroom, we can strengthen our system of justice for everyone's benefit. California now has a vehicle for that brand of change with three significant bills. If enacted, the trio would enhance the overall accuracy of evidence — and ensure that California heeds the lessons of (wrongful convictions).
Read the full column here
. (Sacramento Bee, 09/26/07)
Watch a video of California exoneree Herman Atkins
, explaining how these reforms would prevent others from suffering the injustice he did.