There is an unlimited amount of questions that can come from the wrongful convictions. The question posed should the state even compensate for those who were wrongfully convicted. The state did what they felt was best under the circumstances and evidence they had. The taxpayer dollars should not have to compensate for making decisions they were forced to make. The suggestions have been made to set the wrongfully convicted with a sort of house and perhaps a job but nothing in the realm of a payment of millions of dollars.
First, the victim was taken to a hospital for a rape examination and her clothing and bedspread were collected as evidence. The laboratory found sperm evidence in the rape kit, on the victim’s jumpsuit, and on a blanket, which matched Good’s blood type and one-third of the caucasian male population (Haynes: Circuit judge). This shows that there was evidence but not enough evidence to say it was Donald Good. Next, Good was convicted on the spot. Good spent more than seven years in jail for rape and murder has been exonerated because of a tainted testimony from a former State Police chemist.
Should Juveniles Be Given Life Without Parole? In 1989 juvenile Joe Harris Sullivan and several older juveniles burglarized an elderly woman’s home in Pensacola. Prosecutors state that after the burglary he went back and sexualy assaulted the old woman and left her severely injured (Brown). This statement leads you to ask the question, should juveniles be given life without parole? The answer is yes, for the following reasons: murder,multiple time offender, and rape.
Hate crimes have been a long-lasting reality in the United States beginning in the nation’s history with eradicating Native American populations, slavery, and xenophobia. As a result, forty-five states have adopted hate crime laws to combat organized hate groups from preying upon the most vulnerable groups in society. Hate crime laws provide special protections to the groups that are most frequently targeted by hate crimes including African Americans, LGBT, Jews, and Muslims. Although there has been much debate over what groups should be protected by hate crime laws, evidently there are groups that have been historically targeted at a much higher rate than others. Hence why most states exclude other groups that are not in as much need for protections in hate crime legislation.
In February 2002, a missing person case became a heart-melting homicide investigation. This was a test of morals and patients. A Quebec man was arrested and charged in the 2002 death of Adrienne McColl; the 21-year-old's body was found on February 17 in a Alberta field,16 years ago. Recently Gatineau police arrested 49-year-old Stéphane Parent, he is facing a second-degree murder charge in McColl's death. The facts that is evident to the general public in terms of this case are that Parent was fired from his job at the bar just days before McColl’s death, the bar owner reported that someone stole $8,400 from the restaurant.
The first person she killed was a man named Richard Mallory; he was found in a junkyard with five more men’s bodies (College). Aileen Wuornos was found out and convicted with the death sentence; even if her sanity was questioned she was executed by lethal injection in 2002. On the psychological side of the scale, both Nature and Nurture are present in this case. Aileen had a very bad upbringing being abused, and abandoned which in tow would seem as if the nurture of her past drove her over the edge to commit those murders, but on the biological side of things her dad had some sort of problems as well, her father being a child molester that it could be argued that he gave her traits of being a molester, through heredity. This being said, in this case both nature and nurture had some play in part to why Aileen Wuornos became a serial
Interrogation Assignment This documentary showcases a number of police interrogations that are problematic. The one that I believe is the most egregious is the interrogation of twelve year old Thomas Cogdell in the murder of his little sister, Kaylee. His entire interrogation was one big violation of his constitutional rights, not to mention it verged on psychological torture. The first of Cogdell’s constitutional rights to be violated was his 6th Amendment right to counsel. Although he was not yet placed under arrest, he was being interrogated in a police station and being asked incriminating questions.
First, the factor that leading innocent people be charged is flawed eyewitness identification. Eyewitness is one of principal evidences that policies are looking because someone has knowledge about the crime. A study of contributing causes of wrongful convictions show us that 72% are eyewitness because of misidentification ( The causes of wrongful conviction, 1). This study demonstrated that eyewitness is the highest in wrongful convictions. For example, in the documentary Mr Stephens was the eyewitness which, it is the strong evidence that Detective Williams used against Butler.
Ximena Sorcia Mrs. Smith English Honors 11 March 2016 Unfairness in our court cases There is many injustices in this world, but nothing compares it to killing innocent people just because of their race. Authorities must enforce “the public codes…[to] individuals” in criminal cases (advertisement). The moral thing to do in criminal cases is to “bring... charges against the person alleged to have committed [a] crime”with evidence to prove that he/she either did or did not enacted a crime (advertisement). However in the trial of the scottsboro boys and the murder of emmett till, this was not offered. Therefore there is no such thing as a fair trial, since during the Jim Crow era, many african american didn’t receive justice.
Some crimes involved nonviolent behavior, including property theft and drug-dealing. Others, however, had been found guilty of repeatedly engaging in extremely violent offenses, including at least ten acts of murder and/or assault. In all, 215 participants were classified as "nonviolent offenders," while 538 were deemed "violent". A subgroup of the violent offender group included 84 people who were deemed "extremely violent", according to the study. DNA samples from the criminals were compared to the DNA of more than 2,000 non-incarcerated Finnish citizens who'd given DNA samples for a previous
The state crime laboratory reported that, using the FBI DNA database, it had linked a hair to Gregory Allen, a convicted felon who bore a striking resemblance to Avery. Allen was then serving a 60-year prison term for a sexual assault in Green Bay that occurred after the attack on Beernsten. On September 11, 2003, a request brought by the Manitowoc District Attorney’s Office and the Wisconsin Innocence Project to dismiss the charges was granted and Avery was released. In 2005, with support from Beernsten and Avery, the Wisconsin Department of Justice implemented a model eyewitness identification procedure. Unfortunately for Avery, that wasn’t going to be his only bad encounter with justice.
Destiny Johnson LSTD 502 Criminal Law January 10, 2016 A. Research Paper Topic: Wrongful Convictions B. Law abiding citizens should not be wrongfully convicted of a crime that they did not commit. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) was first used to aid a criminal investigation by Professor Jeffreys in 1986 for rapes/murders that occurred in the United Kingdom. The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989.
So she passed a note to her friend saying she had gotten raped by Banks and that she was no longer a virgin. They then reported what happened, later on that night Banks was arrested. On January 3, 2002 they charged Banks with two counts of forcible rape and one count of sodomy with a special circumstance of kidnapping. Banks was facing a potential prison term of 41 years to life, he pleaded no contest on July 8,2003. He was then only sentenced to 6 years.
Although hard to help with the rates of crime, specifically rapes, there is something that can be done with bring these sexual offenders to justice. Starting with executing a plan to decrease the number of untested rape kits. “In August 2009, approximately 11,000 sexual assault were found in a Detroit police department storage facility, the vast majority of which had never been tested for DNA evidence” (Campbell, Shaw 151). Unfortunately, Detroit is not the only city in America with thousands of untested rape kits are lined up along shelves in crime labs unknown. Even the labs right here in Greenville, South Carolina are guilty of neglecting kits.
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