The Wrongful Conviction Of The Shoe

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Hundreds of people each year are punished for crimes they didn’t even commit. Some have spent at least 14 years in prison, while others have spent time on death row. In 2015, up to 149 people were cleared for crimes they didn’t commit. (Ferner) This was because of DNA exonerations, eye witness identification reforms, criminal justice reform commissions, petitions, protests, news stories, preservation of evidence, and access to post-conviction DNA testing. Some causes that triggered wrongful convictions are: a younger defendant, a criminal history, a weak prosecution case, prosecution withheld evidence, and a weak defense (Predicting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions). Kirstin Lobato fits the shoe! She has been in jail for the past 15 years now, for the murder of Duran Bailey which happened back in July of 2001.There are alibis, and witnesses who claim Kirstin Lobato didn’t murder Bailey, but the justice system, doesn’t seem to get that. So exactly what has her friends, family, and other supporters done to help get her exonerated? There were major attempts made in order to help Kirstin get cleared such as new evidence, TV shows, even a book has been published. At the crime scene, 19 pieces of evidence was found but never mentioned. These were some of the following items: semen, found in Bailey’s rectum; penis swabs, back in 2006 there wasn’t to tell apart 2 sets of male DNA; plastic and silver paper, that were found in Bailey’s rectum; cigarette butts and filter paper, both found on Bailey’s body; loose pubic hairs, that were found near Bailey’s genitals; and chewing gum, which had blood on it. (What Evidence Needs To Be DNA Tested In Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s Case) This evidence being revealed led to the start of petitions to g... ... middle of paper ... ...sted and charged with murder, was to make the tragic choice to pretend she is guilty” (Kirstin Blaise Lobato Has Been Twice Wrongfully Convicted Because Of ‘Tragic Choices’). The use of tragic choices such as using quick and dirty solutions to close cases, have led to the corruption of our justice system. There have been numerous attempts used to help set Kirstin Lobato free; unfortunately, she has yet to be released. As long as the justice system keeps being unfair, then we will not get what we most desire, and that is a fair government. Celebrity Frank Serpico once said: “The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity” (Corruption Quotes).
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