There were an unprecedented number of exonerations across the county in 2014. According to The National Registry of Exonerations, 125 people were exonerated in 2014. These 125 exonerations took place in 27 states but California was unfortunately not included among these states.
According to experts on wrongful convictions, California would be well-served by adopting ABA Model Rule 3.8, which is a model ethical rule designed to curtail prosecutor misconduct and prevent wrongful convictions. One of the provisions of ABA Model Rule 3.8 provides that a prosecutor in a criminal case shall: "make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense."
Another provision of ABA Model Rule 3.8 provides that: "When a prosecutor knows of new, credible and material evidence creating a reasonable likelihood that a convicted defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant was convicted, the prosecutor shall...(i) promptly disclose that evidence to the defendant unless a court authorizes delay, and
(ii) undertake further investigation, or make reasonable efforts to cause an investigation, to determine whether the defendant was convicted of an offense that the defendant did not commit."