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.
One incident that irked me that Koeing did not expand on was Jay attempting to stab his friend. His willingness shows what Jay can be capable of doing. I applaud Koeing finally bring professionals into the case to decipher if Adnan might be innocent. A reporter could not have done it by
Coburn 1 Ebony Coburn Exploratory Essay August 31, 2016 Do convicted felons have a second chance in society? In 2008, I committed a non-violent crime labeling me has a convicted felon. I was sentenced eight months of house arrest and five years of supervision.
The next morning, the girl woke up beside Trent Mays naked, which she did not mind, considering she had a crush on him. She then proceeded to go home where she found out what truly happened the previous night. The boys had posted photos of her being carried around and videos of her being made fun of on YouTube. She also received tweets on Twitter from
According to the actress, Charlie once again became violent. So, Sheen got arrested in 2009 and was declared guilty with second-degree assault, criminal mischief and threatening. Then Mueller tried to get a temporary restraining order against him, but it was rejected. Although they got divorced in May 2011, it wasn’t the end of their drama. Mueller lost custody of their two sons after she was put on a psychiatric hold after a drug overdose in 2013!
Central park five The Central park five were 4 black men and 1 man of hispanic decent. The attack they were tried for happened on April 19, 1989 it was for the assault, rape, and sodomy of Trisha Meili. Trisha Meili was in coma for 12 days and suffered severe hypothermia, severe brain damage, She lost 75-80% of her blood from the five stab wounds and gashes on her thy.
He spent almost twenty years in prison before being exonerated through DNA testing” (Innocence Project). He was accused of raping a woman, named Penny Ann Beernsten, who happened to be jogging alongside a lake before being dragged into a wooded area and then assaulted. She identified Steven as the perpetrator because of his stunning resemblance to the actual rapist. The forensic mishap occurred when “a state forensic examiner testified that a hair recovered from a shirt of Avery’s was consistent with Beernsten’s hair but did not present qualifying information about the limitations of hair microscopy” (Innocence Project). Thus, with only an incorrect witness identification and a careless examiner’s presentation of hair microscopy, Steven was convicted of a crime that he did not commit.
These shows give false information about how these cases actually unravel. During a trial, jurors expect evidence and witnesses questioned. This contributes to injustice because the jurors are under false bias and may not convict if they do not have that one piece of solid evidence (Bialo-Padin & Peterson, 2012). In many cases there are no other parties involved expect the two in the relationship and therefore there is no witness other than the accounts of the victim and offender (O’Dell,
Keeping the DNA from inmates who did a crime should be kept because if they commit another crime the police can go back to their DNA and see if it matches the DNA from the crime. DNA Evidence is such a huge impact when it
Linda Fairstein was named the director of the country’s first sex crimes prosecution unit in New York. According to Fairstein, Rape has always been viewed as a victim precipitated crime ex: it’s always her fault (Fairstein, Women Who Make America, Part 3). The year before Fairstein joined the office more than 1000 men were arrested for sexual assault however, only 18 of them were convicted. “Rape is nothing more or less than a process of conscious intimidation to keep women in a state of fear” (Brownmiller, “Women Who Make America”, Part
Clayton Lockett was executed using a three drug cocktail (Midazolam, Pancuronium, and Potassium Chloride) during his execution after being injected he awakened and died a horribly painful death 40 minutes later. The state of Oklahoma was investigated as to why he woke up during the process. They soon sound out that the needle that was put in his vein didn’t fully penetrate his vein. After the investigation the state of Oklahoma had a new protocol to follow.
Emmett Till did not live a very long life. He was 14 years old when he was killed. He was born July 25, 1941 and died August 28, 1955. Till’s murder was the action that pushed forward the civil rights movement. Born in Chicago, Illinois he was an only child to Louis and Mamie Till He never knew his father, who was a private in the army during World War II.
With millions of criminal convictions a year, more than two million people may end up behind bars(Gross). According to Samuel Gross reporter for The Washington Post, writes that also “even one percent amounts to tens of thousands of tragic [wrongful conviction] errors”(Gross). Citizens who are wrongfully convicted are incarcerated for a crime he or she did not commit. Many police officers, prosecutors, and judges are responsible for the verdict that puts innocents into prison. To be able to get exonerated many wait over a decade just to get there case looked at, not many are able to have the opportunity of getting out.
There are many reasons for wrongful convictions, in the cases of Ronald Cotton, Christopher Abernathy, and Marvin Anderson, the main evidence that led up to their convictions were eyewitness testimonies. It is sad that people waste so many years of their lives due to false misconstrued information. Therefore, eyewitness testimonies should not be sufficient evidence to make a case. Fortunately, there have been innocent people exonerated and released from prison thanks to DNA testing. People should be cautious when making an eyewitness testimony, they should make sure that they are 100% sure that they are picking the right person.
The author seeks to place the responsibility of punishing innocent people in the correctional system, onto that of the state. The role of the correctional system in criminal justice is to punish and rehabilitate, but why happens when someone is placed in there through a wrongful conviction. Though various cases have different circumstances, the author states that the one constant factor in all wrongful conviction cases is the state. By expanding upon existing arguments relevant to state crime the author seeks to expand the readers understanding of wrongful convictions, purely from a criminological point of view. By doing so the article will add to the readers understanding of the tragic scenario of wrongful conviction.