In March of 1944, 14 year old George Stinney Jr. was arrested for the murder of two girls who were found brutally beaten to death. Stinney was arrested for these murders with no parents present, allegations of police brutality were used against him, and in the end they truly needed someone to blame for these murders. George Stinney Jr. had no chance of ever seeing the outside world, with him being African- American and the two victims being caucasian, he was the best scapegoat for this case. Stinney Jr. was later prosecuted for the murders of these two women, in less than 10 minutes, and then was out to death in June later that year. It was not until 70 years later that Stinney was later exonerated for these murders.
From a well educated background, his qualifications verify his interpretation to Martin Guerre’s case. Not only was he present for the trial, he was one of the ten judges overseeing the case. He was also a skilled lawyer and professor at a university. He
Background On April 9th, 1974, a young woman at the age of 17 was found in a farmhouse in Blakesburg, Iowa. Her name was Mary Jayne Jones, and she had been sexually assaulted and shot in both her heart and head at close range with a high-powered rifle. Miss Jones was originally from North Carolina, but had moved to Iowa to assist her expectant sister, Mrs. Pat (Jacque) Williams, but decided to stay. At the time, she was working at Henry’s Drive-in restaurant in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Leonard Peltier’s Innocence Leonard Peltier was a Native American man arrested for supposedly killing two FBI agents on Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. There have been many debates about the integrity of the court cases and the lawfulness of Peltier’s arrest. Many FBI supporters would claim that there were eyewitness accounts and various other pieces of material evidence that show that Peltier was the culprit. However, Peltier supporters would rebut the evidence, saying that the eyewitness accounts aren’t legitimate and the court decision was politically influenced. I will consider both sides of the argument, and show that Peltier’s innocence is evident because the evidence provided against Peltier was falsified and the FBI used disingenuous methods in charging Peltier for murder.
On the evening of March,5 1770, a small group of boys taunted a British sentry in front of the Bost Custom House. After enough torment the soldiers struck one of them with a musket and immediately after, a group of 60 people gathered around prompting the soldier to get help. Captain Thomas Preston and seven soldiers hurried to protect the sentry. Efforts to calm the crowd failed and when the crowd surrounded the crew retreat was impossible. One of the crew fired and the rest followed on what seemed to be a direct order from Preston leaving five dead and six injured.
In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess. He accused Charlie Weems and Clarence Norris of raping Price and Bates. Despite him later claiming his statements were coerced, his own trial ended in eleven jurors voting for a death sentence and one seeking life in prison. He spent the next six years in jail without a retrial before finally being released in January of 1937. In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess.
An Account, pg 10). The eighth circuit should have taken his case for appeal because all of the evidence used to extricate peltier was later taken back and unusable in the actual trial proceedings and the contradictory Fbi investigations. The public was already split about Peltier's guilt because of his past convictions and actions as a Native American rights advocate. The Myrtle poor bear statement was not used because the mental torture Myrtle was subjected to would shock the jury and American people's consciousness (Peltier Trail, Sentencing statement of Leonard Peltier pg 2). It would have given Peltier's case a better chance if it were believed.
On March 1st, 1932, the child of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, was kidnapped from his home at only 20 months old, and later found with a crushed skull not far from the Lindbergh household. This kidnapping and murder sparked one of the biggest criminal investigations in American History, and was even dubbed “The Trial of the Century”. In the end, a German immigrant named Bruno Hauptmann was convicted and executed for the murder and kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh. But controversy has been spurred over this investigation, questioning the guilt of Hauptmann; after all, Hauptmann did claim innocence to the very end. Could this man have killed a baby, his execution being the result of an anti-foreigner America,
The Scopes "Monkey" Trial The Scopes Trial was a monumentally important event in American history Effect on Education Effects on Society And Its Effects On Religion, Society, and Education Some effects were short-term, some were long-term Effects on Religion The major effect this court case had on religion in America, was that it pointed out the blatant refusal by many States (particularly in the South) to follow the guideline of "Separation of Church and State" set by the Founding Fathers. While they believed they were doing what was best, they were infringing upon the rights of everyone who did not hold the same beliefs as them (for example, Scopes' belief that evolution should be allowed to be taught in schools). Another religious repercussion
“They w forced to dig huge trenches. When they had finished their work, the men from the gestapo began theirs. Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks (Wiesel 6).” Moishe warned the people what was happening the thought of him as a mad man. “They think I am mad (Moishe 7),” the people did not believe his stories.
“The Scopes Trial is one of the best known in American history events because it symbolizes the conflict between science and theology, faith and reason, individual liberty and majority rule,” (Mintz and McNeil par 1). The decade of the 1920’s was an era of rebellion, prosperity, and social changes. One major event that shocked the country through its discordance between urban enlightenment and rural protestantism was called “The Scopes Trial”, which involved the teachings of evolution. Before the trial took place, an act known as “The Butler Act” established that public schools prohibited the teachings of evolution to students. This act was passed in early 1925 by the Tennessee General Assembly for the reason being that students shouldn’t
The New York Conspiracy Trials took place in eighteenth-century America. During this time, there was a lot of paranoia and terror spreading throughout New York City in 1741. At the time, people were put on trial based on false accusations and hearsay, similar to the Salem Witch Trials that took place in seventeenth-century America. The increase of mysterious fires also caused an increase in animosity between the whites and blacks. In addition, the court system failed to take into account that these people could have been innocent until proven guilty-also known as habeas corpus.
Neither one of the circumstances was ethical at any point and had been publicized by the media for its explicit type of interrogation methods as well as sadistic behavior. In particular, Phil Zimbardo has argued that the study shows that strong situational forces can override individual differences in personality and moral values. In Abu Ghraib, soldiers were inserted into the role of prison guards and began to sadistically torment prisoners there and at other detention sites in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the specific acts of humiliation were similar to those that transpired in the Stanford Prison Experiment, according to Zimbardo. This theory has been challenged by allegations by Seymour Hersh, in the New Yorker, that these soldiers were in fact acting under direct orders of their superiors as part of a top secret Pentagon intelligence gathering program authorized by Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
No one deserves to die, and no one deserves death. Some executions are justified, but David Herold’s was not. Herold was a skilled and talented man who was deprived into a corner to help a killer. James L. Swanson’s novel, Chasing Lincoln 's Killer, a diary entry, “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth,” and an article, “Lincoln Writ of Liberty” contain evidence that proves Herold’s innocence. Herold did help a murderer; however, he is like everyone, in that he is susceptible to violent threats.
Emmett Till, a young black boy of Mississippi, was murdered by Roy Bryant and John W. Milam in August of 1955. The notorious case drew in a crowd of more than a thousand people, all attentive to the decision on whether or not to indict the accused men. However, by the ruling of an all-white-man jury, Bryant and Milam were acquitted on all charges. This decision sparked a national outcry from the African American population, and ultimately fueled the flames to Black Civil Rights in the South. Despite racial barriers established in America, Bryant, Milam, and the town of Sumner, Mississippi recognized the extinguished life of a human being, not just a negro boy, evidenced through the website famous murder trials by Douglas O. Linder.