Dennis Brown Case

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An absurd amount of innocent people in the nation, have fallen victim to a disorganized legal system, and are suffering because of it. Dennis Brown, and James Harden, are two examples of this, and can relate because of it. They’ve been falsely convicted, without DNA evidence, but the truth of the case is finally revealed with their release.

Dennis Brown, a black male from Louisiana, has been one of many people that have been wrongfully convicted without proper DNA evidence. First off, he’s been falsely convicted of rape and burglary. In 1984, Dennis Brown offered to be a filler in a police lineup to be presented to a rape victim (Innocence 1). This information already highlights the issue with his conviction, because the victim observing the lineup could easily mistake people that look alike. Another issue with his conviction is the way in which he was convicted. The victim observing the lineup chose Dennis, out of everybody else, without proper
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The city council offered compensation to Brown for his false arrest. During an emergency meeting, the City Council approved a $300,000 promissory note to Dennis Brown, whose conviction for rape was overturned in 2004 after DNA evidence suggested he couldn’t have been the suspect (Thibodeaux). This information shows how Brown’s case was false, and he was therefore compensated for it. Brown also felt the need to take legal action for his case. He sued the city police officers, claiming his civil rights were violated for forcing him to confess (Thibodeaux). This evidence highlights the problem with his case, showing the laziness and carelessness of the police officers. The money that Brown is being paid for his compensation, is also getting paid in increments. The $300,000 is being paid in annual installments of $30,000 plus $1.1 million from the city insurers (Thibodeaux). The information here shows the result of the case, costing the city
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