If you decide that out of 5,000 potential innocence cases only one meets the criteria for DNA testing, and then you do the test and it exonerates the prisoner, the only accurate way to describe that result is the title of this post.
But in Colorado, the prosecutor “conviction integrity unit” conducting the reviews – or not, as the case may be, except in the one instance – boasts that it proves the opposite: the near infallibility of the justice system on the first go round. Because only one in 5,000.
The defect in reasoning is stunning. Law school is supposed to weed minds like this out before they ever get to practice law at all, to say nothing of prosecuting people.
Then again, systemic failure? Well, sure.