avery apr 23 2004 spj

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avery apr 23 2004 spj - when he could take R&R leave. Cops urged to...
when he could take R&R leave. Cops urged to cast wider MADISON (AP) Investigators and prosecutors must avoid fixating on one suspect or risk convicting innocent people and eroding public confidence in law enforcement, former Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday "There is a way to improve the system to greatly reduce the number of wrongful convictions," Reno told a panel of lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement officials. Reno testified before the Assembly Judiciary Committee's task force investigating how . Steven Avery of Two Rivers was j wrongfully gpnyipte4,of japing a i woman on a , Lake Michigan beach. He spent 18 years in prison before DNA testing proved he didn't commit the crime. In about the past decade, 143 people in the United States have been exonerated of serious crimes for which they were has worked to find a way to wrongly convicted, Reno said. She called that figure the tip of the iceberg. "We not only want to protect the innocent that is the overriding issue, because no one wants to sit in jail for even a day in wrongful situation but we want to make sure we've got the bad guy who's out on the streets ... and get them into prison," Reno said. "We want to make sure we do it right the first time." During Reno's testimony, Avery listened intently from the back row of the Capitol hearing room. "She did a very good job," he said afterward. "They need a different system!" . .. Avery was freed from prison last year. He was convicted in 1985 after a woman mistakenly identified him as the man who attacked her that summer. Recent DNA testing identified another man in prison for a 1995 sexual assault as her attacker. Previously, the woman told the strong." net in probes task force that officials in the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office didn't want to investigate another suspect when doubts were raised about Avery's guilt after his arrest. The task force intends to make recommendations, including possible legislation, on how to improve the way police use eyewitnesses to identify possible suspects of crimes. Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, chairman of the panel, said he expected to schedule at least three more hearings before any final recommendations are presented. Reno told the task force that detectives, supervisors and district attorneys should develop checklists what she called a "charging protocol" to follow during every investigation. The checklists should include lists of all possible leads, suspects, inconsistencies and details of confessions. told on nothing regarding are n a fZe&buvuiMt ." 513 Division nun

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  1. Stevens Point Journal,
  2. 23 Apr 2004, Fri,
  3. Page 5

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