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"The book should be required reading by all prosecutors, and by all law students who would seek to practice criminal law."-Maurice Possley,Los Angeles Daily Journal

"Daniel Medwed provides a fascinating ethical, legal, and psychological perspective on the work of prosecutors, the power-players in our criminal justice system. With gripping accounts from real criminal cases gone wrong, he shows how the best-intentioned prosecutors can convict the innocent while racing to convict the guilty. Prosecutors can fall prey to cognitive biases that we all share in our everyday lives, but with nearly-absolute discretion, they lack adequate checks and safeguards to correct for such bias. This book simply must be read by all who care about the past and the future of criminal justice."
-Brandon L. Garrett,Roy L. and Rosamund Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law, University of Virginia

"Prosecution Complex challenges us all to work towards changes that can be more likely to result in genuine justice, rather than the comfortable feeling that comes simply from putting somebody behind bars."-Scott Renshaw,City Weekly

"Prosecution Complex is an enlightening book that tackles an issue many tend to shy away from."-Shelby Scoffield,Desert News

"Daniel S. Medwed has put together a book that appeals to both academics and anyone interested in gaining knowledge about many of the intricate details of prosecution."-Criminal Justice Review

"One value of Medwed's book is his even-handed, clear-headed explication of all the ways prosecutors can contribute to the conviction of innocent defendants. There is also value in his suggested reforms."-Rutgers

"Highly recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduate students and above."-CHOICE

"Medwed’s discussion of particularly horrific cases of injustice and particularly groundbreaking reforms is illuminating . . . [The author] reminds his readers that the goal of doing justice and achieving accurate outcomes is not hopelessly naive, nor is it necessarily an issue about which the defense and the prosecution should disagree. For better or worse, he also seems to suggest that much of the potential for reforming prosecutorial practices lies with prosecutors’ own commitment to doing honorable work."-Appeal and Habeas blog

“Professor Daniel Medwed has written a compelling book entitled Prosecution Complex. The book offers inside knowledge based on his experience as a litigator and serious scholar of miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system. Anybody concerned with fairness and examining the role of prosecutors at every stage of our criminal justice process will find this book absorbing, sobering, and informative. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking at our American legal system and seeking reforms. This is a must read!”
-Charles J. Ogletree,Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

"Wrongful convictions will continue until prosecutors are one day held accountable for their deliberate misconduct. Prosecution Complex examines their misbehavior and the tragic consequences. It also shows us how to fix the problems."
-John Grisham,New York Times best-selling author of The Litigators

"Medwed engages in a scholarly conversation with those who, like him, work or have worked in the criminal justice system and understand how seemingly small legal changes can seriously affect how cases are tried, won, and lost. "-Boston Review

About the Author

Daniel S. Medwed is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the 2013 recipient of the Robert D. Klein University Lectureship.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 56157th edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814796249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814796245
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Medwed has written an absorbing and lively and informative book which shows the reader how the innocent can be wrongly accused because of frequent conflicting missions on the part of prosecutors both to serve justice and to serve the state. Medwed uses numerous examples to illustrate his arguments, including the notorious Duke University case. These are important and eye-opening issues that anybody concerned with the criminal justice system needs to know about.
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Dan Medwed has written a reader-friendly and compelling book that identifies the many ways that prosecutorial misconduct leads to convictions of the innocent as well as the reversals of convictions of the guilty. This book provides common sense solutions that can only improve the integrity of American jurisprudence. It should be required reading for every player in the criminal justice system, including judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers. And it should be required reading for every law student who aspires to practice criminal law. The book is an excellent source for members of the general public who are interested in learning how misconduct occurs, why it occurs, the consequences of it and how it can be stopped. For every person wrongfully convicted, the real criminal gets away--often to commit more and worse crimes.
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It happens all the time: "Justice" system executes innocent people,
against whom the "evidences" are simply manufactured
and they become "guilty"... simply because the need for a "scapegoat"
in the system and because the policemen can not find the true criminal.
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Medwed addresses the causes of wrongful convictions of innocent people, summarizes various suggestions to remedy the system, analyzes the pros and cons of these ideas, and offers his own suggestions.

And he knows this topic intimately. Medwed is a lawyer who assisted the wrongly convicted, now is a law professor, but other than his knowledge and his information, the book reads like a fireside chat. The tone and the phrasing, the metaphors, turn what might otherwise be described as a legal text (with possibly a hundred or more references in end notes) into something readily understood by anyone.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to better understand the system, from arrest to appeals, and why it does not work. Definitely read this if you are among those who want to improve the system. (That should be everyone since this could happen to you or someone about whom you care.)
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