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Commentary: My innocent client spent 25 years on death row. How long will it take to realize our system is broken?

What ails our criminal justice system? Defense attorney Dean Strang, made famous in the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," says it's a "tragic lack of humility" and an "unwarranted certitude on the part of police officers and prosecutors and defense lawyers and judges and jurors that they're getting it right."

Strang's diagnosis was confirmed in California recently, when my client Vicente Benavides walked out of San Quentin State Prison, exonerated after languishing on death row for more than a quarter-century. This was a victory

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