A Miscarriage of Justice
Update July 7, 2014: False imprisonment and the fight for freedom continues.
Take time to read this information and watch the entire video. If you do by the time its over, your emotions will probably run the gauntlet of anger, disbelief and fear. Fear for yourself, your family or anyone that shares your life. This young man was only 13 years old and when he was convicted of a crime that someone else committed. He held steadfast to his innocence but in 1994, TJ was sentenced as an adult, to 50 years in prison. One can only imagine the horrors he has lived through over the past 16 years. On May 1, 2009 TJ walked out of the Illinois’s Hill Correctional Center a free man thanks to the Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions.
No child should ever be tried as an adult or serve time in an adult prison.
TJ’s case is an example of how innocence is tried and convicted in a courtroom motivated by political agendas. A courtroom devoid of reason, proof, and ethics. This devious misconduct involves judges, prosecutors and juries. His case is a validation of how hideously immoral our legal system has become. It is a known fact that forensic specialists can, and do make mistakes. They have even manipulated evidence, in the prosecutions favor. Prosecutors have deliberately (as in this case) withheld evidence-proving innocence. They prosecute cases and gain convictions based solely on assumption---especially sex offense cases. Police are as guilty as the prosecutors when it comes to fabricating evidence or forcing an individual into a false confession.
It doesn’t have to be true---It only has to be said!
How Many Wrongful Convictions Occur
A law professor at the University of Michigan estimated the number of wrongful convictions, in death row cases, to be between 2.3% and 5%. In my opinion, the death penalty should be abolished in all states!
In another recent review of biological evidence (using 31 randomly chosen cases in VA) DNA placed the rate of innocence as high as 9%. With this discovery, two of those cases have been exonerated.
Justice David H. Souther, eluded to the fact that unusually high cases of false convictions were probably due to the investigations lack of help from the victim, intense pressure applied to secure a homicide conviction, and the corresponding incentive for the guilty to frame the innocent.
Justice Antonin Scalia (using an Oregon prosecutor’s questionable data) felt that even 1% of false convictions were acceptable stating that he was satisfied with the judicial system. He also stated, “One cannot have a system of criminal punishment without accepting the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly.” He wrote, “That is a truism, not a revelation.”
Well Justice Scalia, you are part of the problem and reason our judicial system is corrupt. No judge, especially one sitting on the Supreme Court, should ever consider an innocent person sent to prison or death row as acceptable. Your comments strongly support why Supreme Court positions should have a two year term limit.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. ~Edmund Burke