Is the UK becoming the conscience of the US on Wrongful Convictions?

I have noticed that in a number of cases, public support for the wrongly convicted has been mustered by programs broadcast on UK television. One example is Robert Pruett, whose execution was called off at the last minute on April 28, another is Guy Heinze Jnr.

Of course 48 hours has a long history of bringing doubtful convictions to the public’s attention as well. I can recall immediately the cases of David Camm, Robert Fisher, Amanda Lewis, and I am sure there are many, many more, so I am not saying US television is not in this business as well.

I suppose support for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito was easier to muster in the United States, where official pressure to suppress the truth could not be applied.

Perhaps the notorious wrongful conviction of Diane Downs could be more easily publicised on UK television.

Just thinking aloud here!

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