As a Philly judge agreed to overturn a murder conviction after 31 years, the DA’s Office took aim at the justice system

As a Philly judge agreed to overturn a murder conviction after 31 years, the DA’s Office took aim at the justice system

Pennsylvania Innocence Project 

Philadelphia prosecutors on Friday offered a scathing assessment of how the city’s criminal justice system functioned in the late 1980s and early 1990s, saying that as annual murder totals rose to unprecedented heights, the police detectives tasked with investigating those killings were often willing — or eager — to press forward with flawed arrests in order to move on to their next case.

The appraisal, offered by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock, came as the District Attorney’s Office successfully pushed to overturn the murder conviction of Andrew Swainson, 55, who spent 31 years in prison for a drug-related killing he has always denied committing.

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