Wrongful convictions: US police withhold evidence in many cases

Washington (AFP) – Around 2,500 people have been exonerated of serious crimes after being falsely convicted over the past 30 years in the United States.According to a new study out Tuesday, in around half their cases, police and prosecutors withheld evidence that would have exculpated them.The study by the National Registry of Exonerations found that evidence that would have cleared the defendant was withheld in 61 percent of erroneous murder convictions.And more broadly, 72 percent of exoneration cases in which the defendant was sentenced to death involved misconduct by police and prosecutors…

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