Marginalization And Wrongful Convictions Analysis

1056 Words5 Pages
1. Anderson, Barrie “Marginalization and Wrongful Convictions” in Manufacturing Guilt: Wrongful Convictions in Canada, 2nd Edition, pp. 7-25. © 2009 Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.. The article Marginalization and Wrongful Convictions, discusses issues with Canadian criminal justice system that has led to wrongful convictions. This problem seems to be more complex than just human errors. (Anderson, 2009: 7) Wrongful convictions closely contribute to the practice of the Adversarial Legal Processes, bureaucratic and professional wrongdoings, “tunnel vision,” and social inequality. ( )Wrongful convictions harm innocent people, traumatize them and undermine their healthy relationships with their loved ones. Bureaucratic and professional wrongdoing It is believed that a false conviction is the result of an “honest mistake,”. One could disagree because wrongful convictions is the system discrepancy and insufficiency that result from “suppression of evidence, police coercion and intimidation, falsified forensic evidence.” (Anderson, 2009, 11). The system discrepancy cannot be justified as mistakes as it repeatedly occurs. The William Bill Mullins case, Louise Reynolds, Brenda Waudby, and Guy Paul Morin are proven cases that exemplify “miscarriage of justice.” The cases reveal that innocent individuals were wrongfully convicted. Such individuals strongly trusted the fairness of the judicial system. Unfortunately, the presumption of innocence or due process guaranteed under Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom and led to be wrongfully convicted. For instance, William Bill Mullins was forced by police to plead guilty to a crime that he did not commit. Mullins resisted to defend himself. He was mentally very strong and continued to f... ... middle of paper ... ... where there is lack of concrete evidence, she is protected by enforced laws. Her lawyer used evidence such as pictures of Caylee hugging her mother and convincing the jury that she was a good mother. Thus, the court decided to drop all charges. Now, her lawyer gained a better reputation and earned money but did not serve the truth and justice. Some lawyers are very good at cross examination and such skills increase the chance of being convicted even if an individual is innocent. The reputation of Crown is are critically important. (Anderson, 2009: 13). Their reputation strongly understood as if they truly serve the justice. When a false conviction occurs, judges eventually think about their professional career and act an un biased individual. (Anderson, 2009: 13). A crown reputation may only server their popularity but not represent a fair and impartial justice.

    More about Marginalization And Wrongful Convictions Analysis

      Open Document