Wednesday, September 01, 2010

On Being Wrong

JusticeIf you can't admit you're wrong, you should just stay home and knit sweaters. You shouldn't be involved with any occupation where your decision-making can have an impact on other people's health, life, or liberty.

I don't think it's specific to the legal system. I think generally speaking it's difficult for people to admit they're wrong, and the higher the stakes, the more difficult it becomes. So what you really want to do is educate people that it's OK to be wrong. It doesn't mean you're a fool. It's not going to be the end of your life.

-- Peter Neufeld, as quoted by Kathryn Schulz, Reasonable Doubt: Innocence Project Co-Founder Peter Neufeld on Being Wrong,, August 17, 2010

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