CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Canady named CCSO Sheriff Bill Cameron to a new panel to study wrongful convictions. He was appointed as one of the 23-member Florida Innocence Commission. The panel is made up of legislators, judges, prosecutors, attorneys and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. Former Monroe County Judge Lester A. Garringer Jr. was named director of the Commission.
Sheriff Cameron said, “I am most honored to be selected to represent the 67 Sheriffs of Florida on the State’s newly formed Innocence Commission. The Commission will review past wrongful conviction cases to determine ways of improving the criminal justice system for all. I can think of no more important issue to address as a state than to insure the constitutional protections for its people. I look forward to being a part of this historic and important endeavor.”
In conducting its work, the Commission may review individual cases involving a wrongful conviction where innocence has already been officially acknowledged to determine the cause of these wrongful convictions. Review may include examination of documents and interview of individuals involved in the cases.
The Commission will report on its investigation and findings, and make recommendations designed to prevent the conviction of the innocent. The report will look at common errors in these cases and propose reforms to address the sources of those errors. The panel is required to submit an interim report to the Court no later than June 30 2011, and recommendations to the Court no later than June 30, 2012.
Commission information can be found on its website www.flcourts.org/gen_public/innocence.shtml.