Not Guilty: Are The Acquitted Innocent? by Daniel GivelberNot Guilty: Are The Acquitted Innocent? by Daniel Givelber

Not Guilty: Are The Acquitted Innocent?

byDaniel Givelber

Hardcover | June 11, 2012

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“A brilliant book that masterfully debunks the conventional wisdom that those who are charged with crimes in our criminal justice system, even when they are acquitted at trial, are almost certainly guilty. It is a data-driven tour de force.” --Richard A. Leo, author of Police Interrogation and American Justice<_o3a_p>

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“Givelber and Farrell make a persuasive case that most jury acquittals are based on evidence not emotion, and that acquittals should be taken to mean what they say: that the defendant is Not Guilty.” --Samuel Gross, co-author of A Modern Approach to Evidence: Text, Problems, Transcripts, and Cases

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As scores of death row inmates are exonerated by DNA evidence and innocence commissions are set up across the country, conviction of the innocent has become a well-recognized problem.  But our justice system makes both kinds of errors—we acquit the guilty and convict the innocent—and exploring the reasons why people are acquitted can help us to evaluate the efficiency and fairness of our criminal justice system.  Not Guilty provides a sustained examination and analysis of the factors that lead juries to find defendants “not guilty,” as well as the connection between those factors and the possibility of factual innocence, examining why some criminal trials result in not guilty verdicts and what those verdicts suggest about the accuracy of our criminal process.<_o3a_p>

Title:Not Guilty: Are The Acquitted Innocent?Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 11, 2012Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Invisible Innocence

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“An acquittal is the most powerful and final of legal judgments.  It may not be reviewed let alone reversed. It is also, perhaps, the least respected. After a criminal defendant has been convicted, prosecutors and judges often resist efforts to reconsider the verdict, even in the face of strong new evidence of innocence, because ‘the jury has spoken.’ When a defendant is acquitted they are as likely say ‘that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.’ In Not Guilty Daniel Givelber and Amy Farrell explore this anomaly. Givelber and Farrell make a persuasive case that most jury acquittals are based on evidence not emotion, and that acquittals should be taken to mean what they say: that the defendant is Not Guilty.” -Samuel Gross,co-author of A Modern Approach to Evidence: Text, Problems, Transcripts, and Cases