“Just Mercy”, by Bryan Stevenson is a book about justice and redemption. In this book you learn a lot about the system and how they treat certain cases and people. Stevenson is a lawyer who works in the Equal Justice Initiative. Which is a non-profitable legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.
The first step of the Reid Technique, a similar coercive technique to the one Inbau devised, was to watch the suspect and determine whether or not he or she is lying during the interrogation based on behavioral analysis; which is severely flawed and does not actually help us determine if someone is lying. The police then determine if the suspect is guilty and continuously interrogate, accuse, and even threaten the suspect for hours until they confess, whether they are guilty or not. On many occasions the people who are coerced into false confessions are have severe mental impairments that prevent them from functioning as a normal person with out the impairments would.
According to the corners report there were many different lacerations and including the dilation of her anal cavity; it was concluded they had been done much later after her death occurred. Now concerning the hundreds of people that came forward to admit they had been the ones to commit the crime of killing “the black dahlia”, there were a few that had stood out as possible suspects. But the only one that was arrested was a young man by the name Red Manley; he was a 26-year-old married man who was very intensely investigated even was showed off in front of the media while he was in handcuffs at that time. Later on he was cleared of all suspicion of the murder due to passing numerous amounts of lie detector tests, but there are some theories
At Martin’s Hundred, they’ve killed way more than half of their population in Wolstenholme Towne where just two houses and part of a church were left still standing.all, the Powhatan tribe killed about four hundred colonists (a third of the population) and they also took 20 women in as captives, Their captives lived their lives and worked hard and tried to be good Powhatan Indians until they died or their ransom took place. All of the Settlers abandoned the Falling Creek Ironworks, Henricus, and the Smith’s Hundred. Accounts say that the attack took place on a good friday, it’s incorrect. Zero of the contemporary accounts at all have mentioned a good friday not ever not even once, but they have said on a friday morning the twenty second of march sixteen twenty two,it really was on a friday that wasn’t a lie but the good friday of that year fell on april 19 about almost a month after the surprise attack on
It’s mind blowing how the justice sentence can convict somebody solely off an eye witness testimony, especially if the eye-witness isn’t accurate. “Eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven by DNA testing, playing a role in more than 70% of convictions overturned through DNA testing nationwide.’’ (Eyewitness Misindentification,2017) Immediately after reporting the crime, the victim was taken to a hospital where a rape kit was administered, and swabs were taking from her body. Days after the rape the victim was also shown two photo lineups of suspects, however she didn’t identify anyone. Following the attack, the victim moved from San Antonio to Dallas. The case remained unsolved for a little over a year, that was until Dallas detectives mailed another photo line up to the victim in San Antonio, where she subsequently chose Lindsey as her alleged rapist.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area faced one of the most mass unknown murders that is still unsolved until this day. The murder, who exemplified himself as the “Zodiac,” kept in contact with the police and area newspapers using notes, confirming that he has murdered yet another citizen. Although the police were never able to identify the zodiac, they were able to gather information about him through letters he was sending to the police and newspapers. The zodiac killed up to about 40 people, but the police is estimating about 50, therefore the amount of killings still remains unknown. The zodiac was very creative at his killings, so everytime the police thought they had gained knowledge on his strategies, Zodiac would change his ways and leave the police speechless.
When an innocent is killed, there is no way to compensate for their death. You may think that this sort of predicament is a rare occasion, but evidence shows that from 1973 up to now, over 150 of people who were sentenced to death in the United States were exonerated after being tried again. Besides this, there is also the very real possibility of a suspect who is guilty of manslaughter being sentenced for homicide instead. The usage of the death penalty is often looked down upon because of the suffering it causes the convict. We tend to dehumanize criminals and forget that they too are real people who have the capacity to experience pain, fear and loss.
Despite our superiority, America still has a plethora of problems from within, one of them is a corrupted system of law enforcement. Our own law enforcement is one of the factors contributing to America’s downfall. What people think is keeping them safe is really just hurting them behind their backs. A publicist by the name of Shaun King has taken note that so far as of July 17, 2017, 660 people have been killed by police or some type of law enforcement. That would make this year alone to be one of the deadliest years since people had begun tracking this statistic back in 2013.
Since the founding of our judicial system there have always been individuals claiming innocence to a crime that they have been found guilty of, traditionally, after their sentencing no matter how innocent they may or may not be would have to serve, live and possibly die by the decision of their peers. The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck alongside Peter J. Neufeld faces this issue by challenging the sentencing of convicted individuals who claim their innocence and have factual ground to stand upon. The Innocence Project uses the recent advances in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing to prove their client’s innocence by using methods that were not available, too primitive or not provided to their clients during their investigation,
People cannot correctly identify a penny after years of using them because it is such a small detail to know the four parts of the penny and where they are and what they say. However, repressed memories are typically important things that the mind subconsciously wants to forget for any reason. They can be accurate however because psychotherapists have even been shocked by the true detail of some of the stories they hear. Some are so gruesome and real that it would be hard to fabricate the whole story.
During this time, in April, Earl died one hour after a false arrest for the murder of Officer Joyce Carnegie (Boyd). This caused the consequences for the five officers much worse than what they would have been. Because Earl died, Payton(34), Thomas(38), Brian(31), Paul(31), and Andrew(31) will all face a 10 year sentence for covering up the incident (Boyd). In other cases many other officers were convicted and sentenced to hard time and parole for deprivation and with falsifying reports and lying to the FBI (Criminal Section Selected Case Summaries). This goes to show that the police can not be fully trusted during investigation because even they will go against the law to get a confession or information out of
Kevorkian was tried in court with the whole world watching. This case gained so much attention because of the national airing of the suicide video on 60 minutes. In fact, Kevorkian wanted to be tried in court so everyone on Earth could hear about assisted suicide. The initial charge Dr. Kevorkian was being tried for was second degree murder. Prosecutors gave him this charge because this was one of the only times Kevorkian administered the lethal drugs himself (as opposed to the patient pressing the button on the Thanatron to release the deadly drugs).