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What Can Be Done About Wrongful Convictions?

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On September 24, 2012, John Smith was cleared of a murder conviction in a Los Angeles courtroom after 19 years behind bars.  His 1994 conviction was based upon the false testimony of a witness who did not make an ID until two months after the murder.

John Smith's attorney Deirdre O'Connor will join Legalocity host Jacqueline Crosby to discuss the Smith case and the problem of wrongful criminal convictions.Deirdre O'Connor has been a licensed criminal defense attorney in California since 1993 and Georgia since 2006.  She is particularly troubled by the injustices that the indigent commonly face in our criminal justice system and has devoted her career to representing criminal defendants, earning exceptional results for her clients at trial, on appeal and through post-conviction petitions.

In 2010, O'Connor started Innocence Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing wrongful convictions and honoring the truth.  Innocence Matters provides direct representation for innocent people, though the organization is primarily focused on the broader goals of education, prevention and reform through preventative programs designed to bring about lasting change and providing a broad toolkit for the innocent and their attorneys.