Clark County DA Creates First Conviction Integrity Unit in Nevada

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 14, 2016 @ 1:00 PM — Comments (1)

With the recent public attention on wrongful convictions and the ever-increasing number of exonerations, several district attorneys’ offices have established Conviction Integrity Units (CIU) to review past convictions. Adidas Gazelle Homme That includes Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s recent announcement that he plans to create a CIU for his office, which will feature a three-person staff consisting of a chief deputy district attorney, a paralegal, and an investigator. The Clark County Board of County Commissioners recently approved a budget for the next fiscal year that included those positions. The purpose of Nevada’s first CIU is to re-examine cases in which new evidence has been discovered that suggests actual innocence, and to prevent future wrongful convictions by adopting and implementing the best practices for prosecution. Wolfson conveyed his excitement about the new unit, comparing his office to other major jurisdictions across the United States and remarking on the importance of establishing a formal unit to review cases where new evidence of innocence is discovered. He stated that while they stand by all of their convictions, they would look into a case if something were brought to their attention. Adidas Zx Flux Femme Fleur Not everyone was receptive to the new Clark County CIU, however, namely the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), which has been fighting to free the wrongfully convicted in Nevada for over 15 years. Asics Gel Lyte 3 Femme Blanche Expressing their doubts about Wolfson’s approach, those at the center feel that in order to guarantee integrity, CIU staff should consist of independent criminal law experts who are unaffiliated with the DA’s office and have the authority and autonomy to investigate innocence claims and thoroughly review cases. They went on to suggest that they worry Wolfson’s establishment of a CIU is just for show. Referencing the highly respected CIUs in Dallas County, Texas and Brooklyn, New York, those at the RMIC said that these units closely collaborated with local and national innocence projects, legal defenders associations, and other important criminal justice professionals. Nike Air Max Thea Femme Rose They went on to say that the Clark County DA’s Office only met with them once at their request, and has failed to engage local defense experts or associations in a meaningful way. New Balance 993 homme The RMIC also raised concerns about Wolfson’s statement that his office stands by all of their convictions. Adidas Zx Flux Homme Rouge Citing the 1,792 exonerations across the US, likelihood of human error, and known causes of wrongful conviction, those at the center are disappointed that Wolfson believes Clark County has had no contribution to the number of wrongful convictions nationwide. Parajumpers Femme Adirondack They stated that the justice system consists of people, and that people make mistakes and no system or one person is free from flaw, so they know that there are innocent people in Nevada’s prisons. New Balance 420 femme They went on to say that when these important units are established, a well thought out, respected, and transparent CIU would implement the best practices and acknowledge that human error is possible.

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  1. Poor, Hispanic-American, actually innocent, Steven Crain is a victim of Clark County, Nevada District Attorney’s secret pay for perjury policy. Despite the fact that Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson knows Steven Crain is actually innocent, D. A. Wolfson nor the Clark County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit won’t clear/free/exonerate Steven Crain. The said Conviction Integrity Unit is all talk and no action. For more details, please read both http://www.exoneratestevencrain.blogspot.com & http://www.districtattorneystevenwolfson.blogspot.com

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