Belmont Criminal Law Journal


Transcript of a presentation given during the 2017 Symposium by Victor S. (Torry) Johnson former District Attorney General for Davidson County and current visiting Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law. Today, we are going to talk about lessons from wrongful convictions. We are going to look at the historical contexts of wrongful convictions. We will examine some of the main factors that seem to exist in some of the important cases that illustrate those wrongful convictions. We will also talk about the possible causes and look at the role that lawyers play, regardless of which side of the case you are on. I will also touch on some advice for how you, as an attorney, might better be able to identify the warning signs, and prevent a wrongful conviction altogether.


Criminal Law, Prosecutional Ethics, Wrongful Convictions