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Professor Fights Injustice with Textbook

A justice studies professor at Oklahoma City University recently released a textbook about faulty investigative procedures that have led to false imprisonments.

Brent Turvey’s new book “Miscarriages of Justice: Actual Innocence, Forensic Evidence, and the Law” explores a variety of miscarriage issues in the United States legal system. Chapters focus on issues of law enforcement bias and corruption; false confessions; ineffective counsel and prosecutorial misconduct; forensic fraud; and more.

The book was written by forensic scientists, attorneys and justice studies experts for graduate-level study. It could also appeal to those in the criminal justice, legal, criminology and sociology fields.

“This book serves as a warning to future professionals about the dangers and consequences of apathy, incompetence and neglect,” Turvey said. “It is particularly valuable to forensic scientists and attorneys evaluating evidence or preparing for trial or appeal in cases where faulty evidence features prominently. It is also of value to those interested in developing arguments for miscarriage in post-conviction review of criminal cases.”

The book was co-edited by Craig Cooley, a criminal defense attorney who served for five years with the Innocence Project in New York City.

Turvey holds a Master of Science in forensic science and a doctorate in criminology. He has consulted with hundreds of agencies, attorneys and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of cases including rapes and homicides. He has also worked with law enforcement in Oklahoma on unsolved homicides and as an expert consultant for the Oklahoma Innocence Project at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Turvey is a full partner and instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC. His teaching experience includes the Chinese People's Police Security University in Beijing, and dozens of lectures for police detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou and Shanghai police bureaus. He also worked as a teaching fellow in Australia in Bond University’s criminology department. His textbooks are used in colleges and universities around the world, and are available in multiple translations.

Turvey's latest effort includes discussions of a number of cases from Oklahoma, including that of forensic scientist Joyce Gilchrist, a police scientist from the Oklahoma City Police Department crime laboratory whose work and false testimony was blamed for multiple wrongful convictions.

The forward to “Miscarriages of Justice” was written by Tiffany Murphy, director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

“Miscarriages of Justice” is published by Elsevier Science and Technology Books.