In “Wasps’ Nest” justice was kind of served for Harrison because he d... ... middle of paper ... ... or others. Caroline did not know she was going to be shot and killed. Claude did not know he was being framed for having a girlfriend. Doug is the only one who actually realizes that justice can be served without violence or committing a crime. We could all learn something form Doug that yes justice can be skewed or we can not have a need for justice all together because we think about our actions before we follow through with them.
In an everyday scene, telling a story to a friend that might not be accurate when explaining all the details of a specific scene would not have repercussions. On the contrary, in the criminal justice system, an eyewitness person has a crucial role in describing the exact details of the suspect in a criminal case. In the movie “What Jennifer Saw” the police officers, the defendant’s criminal record, the eyewitness’s high level of memory confidence, emotions and constant alibis, contributed to the wrongful sentencing of Ronald Cotton for 11 years. Many individuals unconsciously may contribute to a false sense of confidence in the eyewitness. Eyewitness misidentification has great impacts in the legal system and in our society.
Section One: False Confessions Introduction The criminal justice system identifies a false confession as a written or oral statement in which an individual falsely admits to being guilty of a crime. In recent years, several cases have surfaced in which an innocent individual had falsely confessed to a crime (Frumkin & Lamendola, 2009). The consequences of these false confessions often result in innocent people being convicted of crimes that they have not committed (Schell, 2011). The case to be explored within this paper is the wrongful conviction of George Allen Jr., which will be discussed later on. False confessions can be encouraged through coercion, mental disorder, or incompetency of the accused.
A few years ago my grandmother was on her way home from her cabin late in the afternoon. A drunk driver failed to stay in his lane on the road and hit her car head on. The intoxicated driver fled on foot but was found hiding in a corn field by a police officer shortly after the accident. After spending several days in the hospital and several months recovering, my grandmother later found out that this driver fled the scene of the accident because he did not have a valid driver’s license. It had been revoked previously due to a DUI offense; however, this was not his first offense.
The main purpose of this essay is to examine and understand why innocent people sometimes confess to crimes they did not commit. This essay will also be looking into factors that coerce innocent suspects to give false statements and confess to crimes they did not commit during police interroga... ... middle of paper ... ...te suspects. In conclusion there are numerous ways of understanding why people falsely confess to crimes. The police and other investigatory agencies play significant roles in prompting false confessions. As research in this essay has shown, individual differences, stereotypical threats, personal and situational factors can lead to reasons why false confessions occur.
Judge Masipa said, Pistorius was “a fallen hero, who has lost his career, and been ruined financially. He cannot be at peace” (Burke). The evidence presented convinced Judge Thokozile Masipa that Pistorius would never kill again and never meant to kill Reeva in the first place. The judge stressed that the “court should not be swayed by public opinion but punishment must also reflect seriousness of the offense” (Burke). Unlike many across the world, the judge did her best to see Pistorius as just the regular man and ensured him a fair trial.
Chuck says that the reason they robbed newspaper editor, Kent Heitholt, was because they needed money to buy more drinks but the bar was closed and the wallet was in the car. During the trial Charles Erickson tells the vivid tale of what happened that night. He explained how Ryan Ferguson brutally murdered Kent Heitholt and even demonstrates for the court. All the while, Ryan Ferguson claims this is a fabricated tale and that it never happened. Jerry Trump, one of the two eyewitnesses, points to Ryan and says he is the man I saw that night.
Certain individuals who commit crimes do so at their own free will, and many have no qualms as to the consequences of their actions. To some, it matters not the possibility that if they are caught, there is the chance they may be executed. Sometimes the crimes committed by certain persons are done so in a manner that would bewilder any other human being. My personal belief is that there is no need for capital punishment in our society. Advocates say that capital punishment is needed in order to deter future criminals, but this is not entirely the case.
In Louisiana the police actually take and keep DNA samples from any person that they arrest. Proponents of expanding the use of DNA tests in the legal arena like to point out that these tests will exonerate truly innocent individuals. DNA tests have exonerated some wrongly imprisoned people but it is disingenuous to think this is the real reason for growing use of DNA tests. The real reason for all of this is, of course, to help prosecutors obtain more convictions. It is thus worth keeping in mind that the criminal justice system currently reflects deep class and race biases.
DNA testing was not available at the time to exonerate him for the crimes. Even though he was not convicted for the rape, the evidence clearing him of rape, stood for the robbery too, as they were both connected. In 1979 two black assailants forced a man and a women at gun point into the man’s car at a drive-in grocery store. As they were going down the highway the perpetrators robbed both victims, then forced the man out of the car. After a failed escape attempted by the woman, the two men drove her to a nearby