At the age of 22, Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted of rape. Avery’s first incident with the law was when he was 18; March 1981, Avery was convicted of raiding a bar with a friend and sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence was stayed and instead Avery served ten months in the Manitowoc County Jail, he was placed on probation for
Friday, Thomas Tarbutton, a 58 year old man from Newport Beach was sentenced to 34 years and four months in state prison for running a 3 million dollar Ponzi Scheme. He was found guilty by an Orange County Superior Court jury. Thomas had eighteen account of grand theft, nine accounts of forgery, and eleven counts of using an untrue statement in the purchase or sale of a security and one count of use of a device or scheme to defraud, which are all felonies. I think Thomas should be sent to jail even though he will not live long enough to do the full 34 years. I also think the people who he used for their money should be paid back their money.
The law was intended for violent crimes. Three strikes laws are used excessively in for crimes like theft or drug possession. In California, Leandro Andrade was given two consecutive terms of twenty-five years to life for three felony theft, drugs and burglary in 1995 (Heyer, 2012). Perhaps Andrade could have been rehabilitated, but instead, he is one of many prisoners in the overcrowded prisons in California. Three strikes laws overcrowd prisons by giving people excessive sentences for crimes that do not fit the punishment.
The article “Virginia Inmate, Serving 100 years for Rape Based on Hair, to Get New DNA Testing” is based on a Virginia man named Darnell Phillips who was sentenced for life in prison for the physical and sexual violence of a 10 year old girl in 1990. One single hair was all it took for Virginia police to take him into custody and convict him. At the time, this physical evidence was sufficient enough to make an arrest in 1991, but 28 years later it has been brought to light that perhaps the microscopic hair analysis testimony at the time wasn 't accurate enough. In fact, it was even categorized as “Junk Science”, due to the inaccuracy of the hair comparisons. Due to the many errors and flaws in the FBI standards within the hair category, many
Then he landed a gig as a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew” the mother of the 15 yr. old came forward demanding money for he silence, and when the demands weren’t met she moved forward again but this time she filed a police report. On August 16, 2011, Shane pleaded no contest to a single felony count of having unlawful sex with a minor under 16. He was sentenced to 270 days in the county jail and five years for probation, he also had to attend 52 sessions of sex-offender counseling. Under the plea with the state, sparks neither admitted nor disputes the single charge. All the charges were
In both trials, young black men were accused of raping a young white girl; both were sentenced to jail and/or death (we don’t know what Tom Robinson’s sentence was because he died before he could receive it); and both lots of black men/man were found guilty. In this way we know that there are for sure several consistencies between Lee’s childhood and current life, and what is depicted within the
At the time of his release, Horton had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his role in the brutal robbery and murder of a 17-year-old gas attendant. Instead of returning to prison by the mandatory deadline, Horton went on a violent crime spree and became a fugitive from the law. While on the run, he allegedly raped a woman multiple times, assaulted her fiancé, and robbed the couple. After being captured by police, a judge berated the Massachusetts judicial system for releasing such a violent prisoner and sentenced Horton to two life terms to be served consecutively plus an additional 85 years behind bars. In conjunction with his prison
To Kill a Mockingbird was published right as the Civil Rights Movement peaked in the 1960s. Lee 's interest in the subject of civil injustices in the south began when she was just five years old. At the time, nine black men were on trial for raping two white women. This was a highly controversial and publicized trial. In the end, the nine men were sentenced to lengthy prison time.
Miranda was then interrogated by the Phoenix Police where he was arrested for two hours, and allegedly confessed to the crimes which was recorded by the police. Since the Police never informed Miranda of his rights he had no counsel, never finished the 9th grade, and had a former history of mental instability. The prosecution on the case only used his own wrongfully obtained confession against him, and sentenced him 20-30 years in prison. He had appealed to the Arizona Supreme court claiming that the Police had unconstitutionally obtained his confession, the court disagreed with him and upheld the charges and
Federal prosecutors in the case against Jared Fogle have asked a judge to sentence the former Subway spokesperson to twelve years and seven months in prison reports the Associated Press. In August, Fogle pleaded guilty in an Indiana court to one count each of distribution and receipt of child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The former carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the latter has a maximum of 30, but prosecutors agreed to a shorter sentence in a plea agreement. Fogle 's attorneys are asking for a 5-year prison term, telling the court that he is 'profoundly sorry ' for his actions. The prosecution however, wants the judge to give Fogle a maximum sentence to send a message.
The law has the most leading homicide with the the murder not in jail. In addition, ¨ A national debate and massive rallies contesting “stand your ground”laws followed the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last year, and then increased again earlier this year with Zimmerman’s acquitted based on his argument that he shot the 17-year-old in self defense. Critics say such laws are enforced unevenly, and people of color, especially young African Americans, are hurt by these laws more than whites. ¨ ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2013 ). This connects to the topic because it supports that more cases of a homicide are increasing.