Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions The courtroom grew extremely mute as the verdict was handed out. “We find the defendant guilty of second-degree murder,” were the next and final words that came from the foreman of the jury. People in the courtroom, mainly consisting of friends and family of the defendant, were distressed as the just convicted defendant was hauled off in shackles and chains, to begin his life of confinement for a crime he says he did not commit. This situation is known as wrongful conviction and unfortunately, it has become a widespread problem across the United States and other countries. Today, there are so many people that have gone through and are still going through situations just like the one mentioned above. Many people occupy prisons all over the United States and different parts of the world and it is for crimes they did not commit. And the saddest part of it all, is that some of these wrongful convictions are being caused by people hired by the criminal justice system who took an oath to serve and protect us. By that, I mean there are police officers and sometimes even lawyers who are causing these wrongful convictions because they are not being thorough in their duties. There are many factors that cause these wrongful convictions, but the most common one is eyewitness error. This is when a witness misidentifies the perpetrator of a crime. Sometimes this is done in error and sometimes it is actually intentional. When it is done intentionally, it is usually because the witness is for some reason trying to set up the defendant. When it is an honest mistake, that is usually due to the fact that the actual event of the crime and the time of trial have a big lapse of time in between, giving the witness time to forget exactly what the 2 person looked like. “This kind of error is responsible for seventy-nine percent of wrongful conviction cases” (Huff, 107). A second factor responsible for ca…


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