cops urged to widen probes avery feb 23 2004

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cops urged to widen probes avery feb 23 2004 - Cops urged to cast wide net in probes MADISON...
Cops urged to cast wide net in probes 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 wrongfully convicted of raping a woman on a Lake Michigan beach. He spent 18 years in prison before DNA testing proved he didn't commit the crima In about the past decade, 143 people in the United States have been exonerated of serious crimes for which they were 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 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. Building or

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  1. The Daily Tribune,
  2. 23 Apr 2004, Fri,
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