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  Police misconduct, such as falsifying evidence, is a leading cause of wrongful convictions, study finds
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Last EditedRP  Sep 15, 2020 10:23am
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AuthorKristine Phillips
News DateTuesday, September 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionActions by police officers, including witness tampering, violent interrogations and falsifying evidence, account for majority of the misconduct that lead to wrongful convictions, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Registry of Exonerations that focused on the role police and prosecutors play in false convictions in the country.

Researchers studied 2,400 convictions of defendants who were later found innocent over a 30-year period and found that 35% of these cases involved some type of misconduct by police. More than half – 54% – involved misconduct by police or prosecutors.
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