Ventura County District Attorney Joins California Innocence Project in Recognizing Wrongful Conviction Day

Ventura County District Attorney
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten joins the California Innocence Project in recognizing October 2, 2017, as Wrongful Conviction Day.  In October 2012, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office designated a Conviction Integrity Deputy to review claims of factual innocence and formalized a process to review such claims.  The Ventura County District Attorney’s program, one of the first of its kind in California, is now in its fifth year and has reviewed 22 claims of factual innocence.  Of these, the office agreed in two cases that the conviction be overturned, and in the remaining cases found the defendant’s guilt was properly established.
 As the United States Supreme Court recognized in Berger v. United States, the twofold aim of the prosecutor “is that guilt shall not escape nor innocence suffer.”  We recognize the important role that innocence projects serve in investigating claims of factual innocence and bringing them to the attention of prosecutors and courts.  The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office carefully evaluates claims of factual innocence to ensure that justice is served in every case.

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