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False Justice:  Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent
by Jim Petro and Nancy Petro


False Justice, a nonfiction book, is the personal narrative of Jim Petros' awakening to wrongful criminal conviction (convicting the innocent). Serving as Ohio Attorney General, Petro was confronted with the nightmare of a family man convicted of murder and rape and sentenced to life in prison even when DNA proved his innocence. Hundreds of DNA exonerations prompted Nancy and Jim Petro to dig deeper. What they discovered was troubling and is shared in False Justice. Packed with true crime stories and the latest research, False Justice debunks eight common myths about the criminal justice system and provides recommended reforms.

False Justice is the result of Jim Petro's rude awakening to wrongful criminal conviction (convicting the innocent). He and his wife Nancy, lifelong Republicans with a tough-on-crime stance, could not ignore the nation's rash of DNA-proven exonerations, especially when an uncorrected wrongful murder/rape conviction was brought to Jim's attention while he was Ohio Attorney General. False Justice is the unlikely story of Jim's decision to join those who had spent years trying to correct a terrible error...and his growing awareness of what wrongful convictions have revealed about the justice system.

Packed with true stories and the latest insights from concerned professionals in criminal justice, scientific research, journalism, and public service, False Justice delves into the six recurring contributors to wrongful conviction (false confession, the use of "snitches," bad lawyering, faulty science, government misconduct, and mistaken eyewitness testimony), and outlines reforms that can improve conviction accuracy. The Petros identify and debunk common misconceptions about the criminal justice system that fuel wrongful conviction. False Justice reveals why these myths are dead wrong and highly destructive to finding truth and justice.
False Justice
  • Myth 1: Everyone in prison claims innocence.
  • Myth 2: Our system almost never convicts an innocent person.
  • Myth 3: Only the guilty confess.
  • Myth 4: Wrongful conviction is the result of innocent human error.
  • Myth 5: An eyewitness is the best testimony.
  • Myth 6: Conviction errors get corrected on appeal.
  • Myth 7: It dishonors a victim to question a conviction.
  • Myth 8: If the justice system has problems, the pros will fix them.
Visit the False Justice website to learn more about the book, its authors and real-life cases of wrongful conviction.

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