Wrongful Conviction



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Course Description

This program was recorded on August 26, 2019

Since 1989, approximately 2,500 people have been wrongfully convicted in the United States. Wrongful convictions have become so commonplace there’s nearly an exoneration every other day in this country. This course will explore the causes of wrongful convictions, including an examination of forensic sciences, eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, ineffective assistance of counsel, and government misconduct. Additionally, this course will review real case examples where the criminal justice system got it wrong and try to analyze and determine the root cause. Finally, this course seeks to educate attorneys on how to reduce wrongful convictions and improve the criminal justice system nationwide.

Attorney Michael SemanchikMichael Semanchik
Mike has been an attorney with the California Innocence Project (CIP) since 2011. In his earlier years, Mike graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law where he was a student in CIP. After passing the California State Bar, Mike first worked as an investigator for the California Innocence Project and later became a staff attorney. Mike has spoken at a number of conferences related to investigations and innocence work including the Defense Investigators Association Conference, the Innocence Network Conference, the FBI’s Polygraph Program, and SDSU School of Public Affairs.

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2 General Credits

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  1. Use of forensic science in the United States
  2. Eyewitness misidentification as a cause of wrongful convictions
  3. False confessions as a cause of wrongful convictions
  4. Ineffective assistance of counsel
  5. Government misconduct