A Question of Guilt
Exonerees Speak at Innocence Project 2013 Gala
The True Story Behind Conviction
We the people are guaranteed, by our constitution, the right to a FAIR and unbiased trial. Does it happen, and if so, for whom? Unless you are wealthy and can buy the best criminal defense attorney, it is not going to happen. A few good attorneys do pro-bono work, and they usually have a backlog of clients. Therefore, most of us, without the funds, will have to rely on court appointed attorneys; God help us!
I observed a few court sessions before writing this article and I was appalled at how biased and unfair our judicial system has become. Judges, DA’s, lawyers and politicians, have turned to a subjective agenda to maintain their positions and/or move up that preverbal judicial ladder. This leaves citizens at the (no pun intended) mercy of the court!
One case I listened to was a sex offense charge, which, by all appearances, takes on an automatic--- GUILTY---until proven innocent viewpoint. The young man was in his twenty’s when he became involved with a girl who lied about her age. She was 3 weeks away from turning 18, and had ignored her mother’s warnings to stay away from him. Unfortunately, her mother utterly detested this man. When the girl ended up pregnant, the mother initiated a sex offense charge against him.
Did the girl testify in court as to her accountability in this sorted mess---NO! Instead, she sat in silence and enabled the conviction of this young man. A crime she willingly participated in with full knowledge of the potential outcome for herself and him. Thus, because of our myopic legal system and an overzealous DA, he is now serving a prison sentence. Upon release, he will carry the scarlet letter of a sex offender thanks to registry laws.
In my opinion, all who became involved with this case handled it irresponsibly. First, and foremost, the parents should have made their daughter accountable for her actions. They also should have talked with the young man concerning her real age. The judge should have exercised better decision making by throwing the case out of court. Finally, yet importantly, the mother’s vindictive way in handling the situation deserved a reprimand from the judge.
Here are the egregious results of sex offender laws; did you know that children as young as four years old are not excluded from this charge or the registry? Did you know that urinating outside is a crime under this offense and will be prosecuted as such. Oh, and it will require whomever commits the dastardly deed to register as a sex offender!
We have become a society of “unaccountable” and unjust individuals. Our children live with this type of role model each day. The lack of educating one’s self on sex offense crimes is the driving force behind the constant changing of its laws ---and all for the worse. In fact, I was discussing my thoughts on this article with a friend recently. She expressed her carefulness with hugging (excluding her own family) when it involves a person of any age. How horrible that an innocent hug can, by assumption, be manipulated into something so ugly and perverse.
This whole experience prompted me to do further research on not only this crime, but also on a term I found called “false confessions.” Here’s an area of true police brutality! Many individuals are serving sentences for crimes they did not commit including sex offenses. Did you know officers can lie on the witness stand and they have immunity; you or I would go to jail for perjury.
Here’s another dreadful fact, there are individuals who have been executed, and later found to be innocence through DNA. Do you know how the state justifies the indefensible? With an answer of “it is not a crime to execute an innocent person!”
After learning about this hideous response by our courts, it reinforced my stand against the death penalty. It is also my stern belief that no jury should be allowed to request or hand down a death sentence. I have sat on a few juries, and not all in attendance took the time to assess evidence and ask questions. One man even told me, “If the police officer said it happened, it’s good enough for me.” Well sir, it’s not for me; there is a technicality called REASONABLE DOUBT!
I cannot stress enough that knowledge is power so educate yourself about our broken justice system. A sex offender crime has an extremely low recidivism rate. Of course, the media hides that detail. The outrageous laws surrounding this type of crime, and the abuse of its sentencing structure, are a threat to everyone. The links I have provided will supply you with compelling proof.
Let me just stress here that I do not condone any type of crime against an individual. What I am trying to instill is the dangerous groundwork laid by our political appointees, our legal system and faulty decision making by the public. Knowledge, facts and undebatable proof should be the only resources used for establishing guilt---not emotion or hear say.
Resources for your use:
John Grisham-- An Innocent Man/Non-Fiction
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