The Case Of Timothy Cole

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The Case of Timothy Cole
More innocent people are being held in our jails and prisons now than ever before. The percentage of exonerations continues to climb, showing an untrustworthy criminal justice system. A lack of accountability for cops and prosecutors, reliance on junk science and misled eyewitnesses, and the indigent defense problem are all important factors in false convictions, which have harmed our system's credibility and damaged the lives of innocent people. African Americans face a presumption of guilt that few defense attorneys are equipped to combat. As a result, although being only 13% of the population, African Americans account for 47% of exonerations. Innocent Black individuals are approximately seven times more likely …show more content…

I am Althea Pagente, your host, and today, we'll discuss the story of Timothy Cole, an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of rape in Texas and spent over a decade behind bars. This story highlights the dangers of eyewitness misidentification and the importance of protecting the rights of the wrongly accused. Let's get started.
In 1986 in Lubbock, Texas, Timothy Cole was erroneously found guilty of Michelle Mallin’s rape. He was found guilty and given a 25-year prison term, yet he consistently proclaimed his innocence. Sadly, before he could clear his reputation, he passed away in prison on Dec. 2, 1999, of asthma complications. A few years later, though, his situation took a drastic …show more content…

Tim spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, and despite being exonerated posthumously, he was unable to enjoy his freedom and see the impact of his case on the world. His case brought to light the flaws in the criminal justice system and the need for more advanced DNA testing to be used in criminal trials. This helped to raise awareness about wrongful convictions and the importance of using accurate and scientific evidence in the legal system. In addition to that, The Tim Cole Act was passed in Texas on May 11, 2009, which provides compensation to wrongfully convicted and strengthens the use of DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. This law has had a positive impact on the state of Texas and has set a precedent for other states to follow in compensating the wrongfully convicted. The impact of Tim’s case was also felt on a national and even international level, as it shed light on the importance of using accurate and scientific evidence in the legal system and the need to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions. Tim’s story has inspired many other cases to be re-opened and re-examined, leading to the exoneration of several other innocent individuals. Overall, the case of Tim Cole has had a profound impact on the criminal justice system and has helped to bring about important changes in the use of DNA

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