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False Justice

False Justice

Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent

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Former Ohio Attorney General crusades against wrongful conviction and shows how citizens can prevent this terrifyingly common miscarriage of justice.

“Wrongful criminal conviction is much more frequent than most Americans believe. The thought of imprisoned innocent people haunted me. I became determined to try to do something about it.”  - Jim Petro, Former Attorney General of Ohio

The flaws in America’s execution of justice lead to an unacceptable number of wrongful criminal convictions. Jim Petro was confronted with this issue when the guilt of several convicts serving life sentences was called into question. In False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro detail and challenge eight myths of justice:

  1. “Everyone in prison claims innocence.”
  2. “Our system almost never convicts an innocent person.”
  3. “Only the guilty confess.”
  4. “Wrongful convictions are caused by innocent human error.”
  5. “An eyewitness is the best testimony.”
  6. “Conviction errors get corrected on appeal.”
  7. “It dishonors the victim to question a conviction.”
  8. “If the justice system has problems, the pros will fix them.”


False Justice corrects these common misunderstandings with an important truth: true justice requires constant vigilance and is the responsibility every citizen.
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  • Kaplan Publishing | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781607144670 | 
  • January 2011
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