In July 1984 Jennifer Thompson, a 22-year old white woman, was raped by a black man in her apartment. A man named Ronald Cotton was arrested and identified by Thompson in a line-up and a phot-spread. According to her interview with CBS’s 60 minutes in 1999, Thompson explained how she was confident in her identification. In 1985, Cotton’s conviction of raping Thompson was based largely on her identification. While in prison, two years later, a fellow inmate of Cotton confessed to the rape of Jennifer Thompson.
This paper will show how brutally Emmett Till was murdered. It will also attempt to explain why he was murdered as well as the impact his death had on the civil rights movement. How that impact is overlooked when the civil rights movement is brought up? Another thing being discussed is the confession made by the murders in this inhuman crime. Also the way he behaved during his kidnapping and how differently he behaved before the kidnapping in his everyday life.
The Innocent Killer discusses the troubling life of Steven Avery, a wrongfully convicted man from Manitowoc county Wisconsin. This book depicts how the criminal justice system can be unfair and shows in what ways it was corrupted. On July 14, 1985 Penny Beernsten’s life would never be the same. Setting off for her run Penny checked her watch to make sure she would be able to get back before dark, it was 3:00.
Court, 1857) 1. Facts: -Dred Scott was a slave taken by his new owner, Dr. Emerson to Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. -This all happened during the time the Missouri Compromise was considered lawful. -When Scott was permitted to marry Harriet Robinson, later the two went to live with Dr. Emerson and his wife.
The most comparable case that is corroboration that the Sixth circuit test should control is U.S. v. Taylor. The Defendant’s female roommate consented to a search of the house for firearms while the Defendant was at the house. The officers did not ask the Defendant for his consent when the officers saw a shoe box in the closet covered with mens clothes. David Fallsbauer had a shoe box on a dresser which contained his clothes, as Taylor had his shoe box covered by his clothes. Because in both cases a female consented to a general search, the officers had no reason to believe that the shoe box was the property of either male defendant, Taylor or David Fallsbauer.
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.
Institutional racism was depicted in Marissa Alexander’s case. Marissa Alexander had stopped by Rico Gray’s house to visit him. She gave her phone to Rico, letting him view the pictures of their baby daughter and then noticed text messages from her ex husband. The argument had started and she headed into the garage, armed herself, and then shot a warning shot near her husband. Alexander tried to use the ‘stand your ground’ law, which had failed and was later sentenced to prison for 20 years.
The Eighth Amendment was created to prohibit cruel punishments that the colonists would receive from the British. The British brought colonists over to an unfair trial and then received punishment that sometimes would be death. The writers of the wanted to make sure that the colonists received the fair trial and fair punishment they deserve. The Eight Amendment was ratified in December 5, 1791 as a part of the Bill of Rights. The Eighth Amendment has not been changed since the ratification in 1791.
Annotated Bibliography #1 Working Research Question: Should the U.S. Judical branch take action to prevent wrongful convictions and improve police investigations, or should the government spend its time and resources on other things? Bibliographic Entry: Hunt, B. Problems in the Criminal Justice System. Retrieved September 22, 2017, from http://mtabolitionco.org/issues/problems/ Source Summary: This article is all about the issues in the U.S. criminal, from the outdated technology through racism. Also it talks about the origin of why and how all of these issues came about and potential ways to solve the problems.
The Innocence Project The Innocence Project referred by many as “freedom fighters” is an organization known for its mission to free and help many innocent individuals who remain incarcerated for wrongful convictions. Factors including false confessions, eyewitness misidentification, and flawed technology for forensic testing are some components that contributed to wrongful imprisonments in the past. However, through the use of DNA testing the Innocence Project has brought reform to the criminal justice system and effectiveness. “To date, 351 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 20 who served time on death row” (qtd. Innocence project).