Thousands of Americans are wrongfully convicted each year for second-tier felonies like robbery, burglary and assault. Most who are convicted of minor crimes are unlikely to pony up a retainer—typically $25,000 or much more—to hire a lawyer to seek justice. Nor can they expect help from the community of innocence advocates, who focus on cases where DNA can provide irrefutable evidence of innocence—usually homicides or rapes . . .
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