I’m trying to study for my Law course and I need some help to understand this question.
This Discussion Board aligns with the following learning objectives:
- The Right to a Fair (Not Perfect) Trial
- The Right to Assistance of Counsel
Review the investigation and trial of the Marvin Lamont Anderson case from the Innocence Project website. According to the Innocence Project: https://www.innocenceproject.org (Links to an external site.)
“DNA exonerations have exposed official misconduct at every level and stage of a criminal investigation.
Common forms of misconduct by law enforcement officials include:
- Employing suggestion when conducting identification procedures
- Coercing false confessions
- Lying or intentionally misleading jurors about their observations
- Failing to turn over exculpatory evidence to prosecutors
- Providing incentives to secure unreliable evidence from informants
Common forms of misconduct by prosecutors include:
- Withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense
- Deliberately mishandling, mistreating or destroying evidence
- Allowing witnesses they know or should know are not truthful to testify
- Pressuring defense witnesses not to testify
- Relying on fraudulent forensic experts
- Making misleading arguments that overstate the probative value of testimony
- Discuss the investigative process in this case, as it pertains to the constitutional rights of the accused.
- Question: Was the evidence used in the investigations and courtroom based on the best science and appropriate judicial standards? Explain!
- Question: Was Anderson’s constitutional rights violated? Explain!
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