TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A panel created by the Florida Supreme Court to look into issues that result in wrongful convictions is meeting for the first time.
The Florida Innocence Commission begins a 15-month review of the legal mistakes and missteps that put an innocent person in prison when it convenes Friday at the state Supreme Court building.
The 23-member panel is scheduled to hear from 11 wrongfully convicted Floridians following opening remarks from Chief Justice Charles Canady. The commission will review shoddy legal and police work, misidentifications by eyewitnesses, false confessions and mistakes made by forensic scientists.
The innocence commission is charged with giving the state's high court its final report in January 2012.