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2005 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 310-2590

 AUGUST 3, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., while attending the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) held in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 1-August 3, announced today the Conference’s adoption of a resolution on wrongful criminal convictions. This resolution was initially proposed to the Public Trust and Confidence in the Judiciary Committee by Chief Justice Calogero in January 2005 and was adopted by the Conference of Chief Justices this week. As adopted, the resolution highlights the scope of the issue and the impact upon public confidence in the criminal justice system of wrongful convictions, and it expresses the Conference’s support of state judicial officers and appropriate public agencies in their efforts to prevent the conviction of persons wrongfully charged with criminal offenses, and improvement in procedures for considering post-conviction claims of innocence.


Chief Justice Calogero stated, “Wrongful convictions are inefficient in that they cost the system time and money punishing innocent people, retrying cases, and possibly paying restitution to the convicted, but innocent party. Wrongful convictions are ineffective because they punish innocent persons while letting the guilty persons free to commit more crimes. Wrongful convictions are also clearly unfair ---unfair to the innocent defendant and his family, unfair to the victim who must relive the event if the case is retried, unfair to other victims who may be harmed while the real perpetrator continues to commit crimes, unfair to the taxpayers who must pay twice for wrongful convictions, and unfair to officials and other personnel in the justice system. For all these reasons, wrongful convictions undermine public trust and confidence in the system.”


The Conference of Chief Justices was established over 50 years ago to improve the administration of justice in the states, commonwealths and territories of the United States. The Conference accomplishes this mission by facilitating the exchange of information among its members, educating and training its members, promoting the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary, developing and advancing policies of common interest to the members, and by supporting adequate funding and resources for the operation of state courts.


The Conference of Chief Justices’ 2006 Mid-Year Meeting will be held in New Orleans in February.


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