Every year, advocacy organizations like the Innocence Project uncover an increasing number of wrongful convictions and work tirelessly to free those who have been imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. Although it would be comforting to believe that these convictions were the result of honest mistakes that could not have been foreseen, it often turns out that prosecutors acted irresponsibly and maliciously.
It is obvious to even the casual observer that evidence is central to nearly every criminal case. But while evidence is highly important for prosecutors to provide, it is equally important for defense attorneys to discredit. And thankfully, both sides must be given the opportunity to examine evidence and to know when and how it was obtained.