PAST EVENT Miscarriages of Justice, Why do they Happen?

Miscarriages of Justice, Why do they Happen?  with North Hill Resident and Professor Emeritus of Law, Boston University, Stanley Z. Fisher


In the twenty-plus years since courts began accepting DNA test results into evidence, many wrongfully convicted prisoners have been exonerated. North Hill Resident
Stanley Z. Fisher, Professor Emeritus of Law, Boston University, will present a discussion of some systemic causes of such miscarriages, and the obstacles to reform
As Professor of Law at Boston University Law School for many years, Stan Fisher spe-cialized in criminal law and procedure, prosecutorial ethics, and wrongful convic-tions. On sabbatical leaves in practice, he represented juvenile defendants in the Boston area, and served both as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, and a Public Defender in Boston. He also taught law in Ethiopia and in Eri-trea.
In 2000, Professor Fisher helped found the New England Innocence Project, on whose board he served as trustee. NEIP uses law students and criminal defense lawyers to investigate and litigate claims of innocence by prisoners who might be exonerated by DNA testing or other means. BU Law students have worked on NEIP cases under Professor Fish-er’s supervision when enrolled in his Wrongful Convictions Clinic. In 2003, the Massachusetts public defender agency gave Professor Fisher the Thurgood Marshall Award for his service “as a champion of zealous defense of the poor.”