Schwarzenegger Terminates Legislative Reform Effort in California

Despite our earlier hope, Governor Schwarzenegger again vetoed a bill aimed at reducing wrongful convictions. The bill would have provided an important first step toward making the collection of eyewitness evidence more reliable in California, by simply requiring the Attorney General to devise a set of best practices, in light of substantial research showing that certain procedures make false identifications far less likely to occur.

For the second year in a row, Governor Schwarzenegger has shown that his allegiance to the law enforcement lobby is stronger than his commitment to protecting the innocent and reducing wrongful convictions. As long as Californians call Arnold their governor, it looks like reformists may have to consider an alternate angle on fixing that state’s broken system.

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