- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Pima County Attorney’s Office has created a new unit to investigate claims that people convicted in the county of committing crimes are actually innocent.

County Attorney Barbara LaWall says criminal prosecutions must be about getting it right, not just about getting convictions.

The unit’s creation follows the Arizona Supreme Court’s approval last month of a new state court rule that authorizes courts to erase convictions under certain circumstances.

Those circumstances are if there is clear and convincing evidence proving that a person was convicted of a crime the person didn’t commit or if the conviction was based on an incorrect application of the law.

LaWall says the Pima County unit headed by Deputy County Attorney Rick Unklesbay is similar to efforts underway in cities across the country.

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