Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and his wife Nancy have just released a new book about wrongful convictions and the injustice of imprisoning the innocent. The book, titled, “False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent,” explains how wrongful convictions can be prevented and challenges myths of the criminal justice system. The Petros highlight false confessions, the use of snitches, bad lawyering, faulty science, government misconduct and mistaken eyewitness testimony as the six recurring contributors to wrongful convictions.
The book dispels popular notions that only the guilty confess and that eyewitness identification is a sure thing. It also proves that the criminal justice system has serious flaws.
“Jim Petro reveals in “False Justice” how the lessons of DNA analysis of crime scene evidence changed his views on criminal justice. Petro became motivated not only to represent the wrongfully convicted but also to change the system. This former prosecutor and state attorney general is an important voice for criminal justice reform,” Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck said about the book.