Internal conviction integrity units are best used to correct mistakes such as eyewitness misidentifications and false confessions. But what the Ranta, Collins and Lopez cases clearly show is that wrongful conviction cases premised on serious allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct require independent review.
Notably, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman created a first-of-its-kind Conviction Review Bureau last year, which is built precisely to review cases involving allegations of such misconduct — cases a DA may well be reluctant to investigate, especially after many years of fighting appeals.
DA Hynes should avail himself of Schneiderman’s offer by referring the Ranta, Collins and Lopez cases, and others, to his review board. Or he should explain to the public his refusal to do so.
by Kenneth Thompson in Huffington Post