On May 3, 2008, we held a panel discussion on false convictions
that focused on miscarriages of justice in our local
The panelists were:
Mr. Tulsky is a Pulitzer-prize-winning Journalist and author of "Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice." He spoke about particular cases in our county of innocent people going to jail. See his description of a murder case in this two minute video:
Mr. Walker was falsely convicted of murder in Santa Clara county and released as innocent after being incarcerated for twelve years. In the trial, the real murderer made a plea bargain and testified against Rick. Watch this two minute video of his reaction:
How does our society act after people are wrongfully convicted? See Rick's comments in this two minute video:
Our ACLU death penalty policy director spoke on the three main ways that false convictions occur.
The ACLU has proposed procedures and laws to reduce the number of these tragedies.
On the day after our event in Palo Alto, the TV program 60 Minutes aired a similar story that focused on false convictions in Dallas, Texas. So far, 17 people have been released and another 250 cases are being reviewed. One man was held for 26 years for a crime he didn't do. You can see that 60 Minutes report by playing the video below or going to their site. The 12 minute report is preceded by a 30 second commercial.