Da entrevista com Reuven Fenton:
IP: You interviewed exonerees from all over the country. What would you say was the biggest contributing factor in their wrongful convictions?
RF: Misconduct by police or prosecutors had a role in the convictions of 47 percent of the 1,700 people listed on the National Registry of Exonerations, as well as nearly all the exonerees profiled in this book.
One of the exonerees I profiled, Devon Ayers, was wrongfully convicted as a teenager of murdering a Federal Express employee and a livery cab driver in the Bronx. He was a classic victim of unfair and overly aggressive law enforcement practices. Ayers might not have done 18 years in prison had police turned over a crucial surveillance video that discredited one of the key witnesses. While researching his case, Ayers’s legal team discovered that police had also fed crime scene details to two drug-addicted witnesses to help them “recollect” what they’d seen.