University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

On Wrongful Conviction

Community Defenders Seminar Deals with the Ins and Outs of Wrongful Conviction

In January 2017, Community Defenders presented a seminar titled “How to Avoid/Void Wrongful Convictions.” Speakers included the Honorable Christopher J. Plourd, presiding judge of the Imperial County Superior Court, who spoke on errors and omissions in forensic science that lead to wrongful convictions; Richard Leo, professor of law and psychology at University of San Francisco School of Law, who spoke on false confessions; Scott Sanders, Orange County deputy public defender, who spoke on snitches; and Mitchell Eisen, California State University, Los Angeles professor, who spoke on mistaken eyewitness identification.