LA County District Attorney Announces Wrongful-Conviction Unit

Los Angeles County joins just over a dozen counties around the country with such a team.

LA County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey had asked the County Board of Supervisors for nearly $1 million to fund the team back in April. The team will be comprised of three prosecutors, a paralegal, and a senior investigator.

Lacey’s office justified the funding request in order to stay abreast with the increased attention being paid to innocence claims as a result of an increasing number of innocence projects and other wrongful-conviction units.

Los Angeles County has had a trio of notable wrong-convictions thrown out going back to 2013, the most recent being the release and $8 million payment to Obie Anthony after he had spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for a killing in South Los Angeles.

Innocence projects were responsible for bringing all three of those cases back to the court.

For full details on LA's new unit, see here.

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