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Authority on wrongful convictions says U.S. judicial system is weighted against claims of innocence

A national authority on wrongful convictions said he was immediately puzzled by the case of Earnest Jackson, an Omaha man found guilty of first-degree murder as an accomplice to two other men who were acquitted of the crime.

It’s exceedingly rare, said Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed, that an accomplice could be found guilty when the suspected main actors are not.

But Jackson’s case — which is the subject of a bill in the Nebraska Legislature — illustrates what Medwed sees as a flaw in the American judicial system, one billed as the fairest on earth.

Continue reading at the Nebraska Examiner.

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