Some Reasons for Wrongful Convictions
Testimonies from informants
Wrongful convictions can occur if there are testimonies from confidential informants or snitches of the state. These informants could be criminals who have been promised safe landing or favorable treatment by the police or prosecutor if they testify against the suspect. If such testimonies are overwhelming, the judge or jury could convict the defendant for an offence he did not commit.
Police or Prosecutor misconduct
The conduct of the police or prosecutors in the course of investigation or trial may affect the outcome of a criminal case. If the prosecutor is bias on the suspect from the time of arrest and never allow the suspect his constitutional right to seek for legal counsel, wrongful conviction could occur. This can also happen if the police exaggerate, lie or coerce the suspect to give false confession.
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Inexperience and ineffective defense lawyers
If a suspect cannot have access to an effective defense attorney, his case would be put in jeopardy. This usually occurs when the defendants go for court or state appointed lawyers.
Some of these lawyers never give their best in the defense of the suspect and this could lead the evidence provided by the prosecutor to be strong, and the suspect is wrongfully convicted.