Former prosecutor Bennett Gershman is the author of two major books on the
criminal justice system, Trial Error and Misconduct and Prosecutorial
Misconduct. In this article, he presents his analysis of some of the
telling moments in FRONTLINE's documentary report which, in his opinion, reveal
how the criminal justice system broke down, "through both carelessness and
malevolence," in the handling of the Garner case.
Larry C. Marshall, law professor at Northwestern University School of Law, summarizes the pervasive problems in our criminal justice system which are so evident in the Terence Garner story--most prominently, perhaps, the fact that eyewitness identification can frequently be wrong.
Also, see the Readings and Links section of this site for recent and
noteworthy journalistic investigations into America's criminal justice system,
including multi-part investigative series by the Chicago Tribune and the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and an in-depth 1999 Atlantic Monthly
article that examines the many factors to blame in miscarriages of justice in
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