Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty has just announced that his
office will be creating a unit that will investigate claims of wrongful
convictions. In a
recent article featured on Cleveland.com, Cleveland Criminal Attorney
Ian N. Friedman is interviewed about this new unit.
According to the news story, the county prosecutor's actions mirror
a trend that is occurring in cities and metropolitan areas across the
nation. Such units require prosecutors to work together with convicted
felons and defense lawyers in order to determine which cases resulted
in unjust convictions.
In the article, Attorney Friedman said that he is pleased that the county
prosecutor is acknowledging the fact that there are innocent people who
are being forced to carry out prison sentences. He explained that as a
human process, the criminal justice system is subject to error, despite
the good intentions of many people who are working within the system.
It is this potential error that makes the new conviction integrity unit
necessary, he said.
"I believe that wrongful convictions occur more than we want to think.
I couldn't imagine many things much worse," Attorney Friedman
was quoted saying in the article.
He continued by stating the following: "It (the unit) will not only
serve to the benefit of the wrongfully convicted but also to the victims
and the community. For every innocent person sitting in prison, we need
to be worried about the real perpetrator still walking amongst us."
Mr. Friedman noted that while skepticism will always exist between prosecutors
and defense lawyers, these legal professionals are all ultimately seeking
the right outcome.
The Plain Dealer reported that the unit will accept applications from lawyers,
or from the convicts themselves. In order to qualify for review, the claims
of wrongful conviction must be backed by new and credible evidence rather
than the argument that procedural or legal errors occurred. Attorney County
Prosecutor Jose A. Torres is responsible for heading the new unit. The
applications for review by the unit are available on the website of the
Attorney Friedman is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is regularly
interviewed in the media for his legal insight. He is a former President
of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he is an Adjunct
Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Furthermore,
Mr. Friedman has been ranked on numerous occasions as a leading attorney
within his state and even in the nation, such as through his recognition by
Super Lawyers® Magazine, The National Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, etc.
Contact Ian N. Friedman if you would like a Cleveland criminal defense attorney to provide you
with high-quality legal advocacy!