Nathson Fields won just $80,000 for reasons particular to his wrongful conviction case. But sitting in the police basement are “hundreds if not thousands of files that criminal defendants accused of crimes have never seen” that might contain exculpatory evidence wrongfully withheld, leading to many suits with bigger verdicts.

Comment: One consequence of our fiscal crisis is loss of a properly functioning system of justice.

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