- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Multnomah County will for the first time have a single prosecutor responsible for guarding against wrongful convictions and investigating challenges to convictions.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/5qZJFi ) that 35-year veteran Multnomah County prosecutor, Russ Ratto, starts the new job on Monday.

Ratto will review claims of innocence after convictions have occurred and update office protocols.

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill says assigning one deputy prosecutor to the work will make it easier to track cases and boost public confidence. Previously, a number of prosecutors juggled the cases.

Other prosecutors’ offices across the nation have set up a specialized “conviction integrity” unit or assigned a single prosecutor to the task.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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