Does Innocence Matter in Criminal Appeals?

  • Cat Gibson Brandeis University
Keywords: Criminal law, Criminal appeals, Post-conviction relief


This article examines the importance of innocence in criminal appeals through the lens of Benjamine Spencer’s murder case history and its development through the appeals process. Spencer’s case shows how innocent people can easily be convicted with false evidence and a flawed criminal justice system. Criminal appeals should provide a true path to resolve faulty convictions and fixed flawed aspects of the criminal justice process.

Author Biography

Cat Gibson, Brandeis University

Undergraduate Student at Brandeis University, Class of 2021

Brandeis University Law Journal Spring 2021 Cover