Examples of police misconduct include police brutality, dishonesty, fraud, coercion, torture to force confessions, abuse of authority, and sexual assault, including the demand for sexual favors in exchange for leniency. Any of these actions can increase the likelihood of a wrongful conviction.
Of those exonerations, over half involved police or prosecutorial misconduct. The year had the most exonerations — — in a single year, 26 of which involved DNA evidence. This number only includes cases where innocence has been proven; many other plausibly innocent men and women languish behind bars without legal representation or are otherwise unable to prove their innocence.
The rise of DNA exonerations, as well as new understandings about unreliable eyewitness testimony, junk science, and other outdated methods, has rightfully caused consternation in the criminal justice community. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence, some prosecutors refuse to admit cases of actual innocence, even when supported by DNA or where there is proven misconduct on the part of police or prosecutors.
Here are six elected prosecutors who refuse to acknowledge innocence even in the face of overwhelming evidence: Michael Mordenti was arrested and convicted of her murder in based largely on the testimony of his ex-wife, who told detectives she had hired Mordenti to do the killing.
She was never arrested. From the beginning, the case against Mordenti was thin. There was no confession from Mordenti, no physical evidence, and no witnesses. Mordenti has always maintained his innocence.
Cox went on to be reprimanded for misconduct as a federal prosecutor before leaving for private practice. In another case, Rudolph Holton was exonerated in because prosecutors withheld evidence, a DNA test failed to place Holton at the crime scene, and a jailhouse informant recanted.
I am saying we cannot prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. After two days of interrogation without a parent or attorney, he gave an illogical confession and pled to second-degree murder, sending him to prison.
What the police discovered, but did not reveal, was that a hired hit man named Vincent Smothers confessed to these crimes just two weeks after Sanford was sentenced; Smothers was already in prison for eight other murders. Smothers even tried to explain to law enforcement that Sanford had no involvement: The police even tried to convince Smothers to take a plea deal that guaranteed his silence on the four murders to ensure that Sanford stayed in prison.
Sanford was wrongfully incarcerated for eight years. Based on these grievous errors and clear evidence of misconduct, Sanford, now 23, was released in June Worthy has refused to admit he is innocent. According to University of Michigan law professor and Innocence Clinic director David Moran, her office has fought to keep most of these defendants incarcerated.
Leon Cannizzaro Orleans Parish, LA Louisiana has 46 exonerations on record, making it one of the states with the most exonerations per capita, and Orleans Parish has the highest number of exonerations in the state with Leon Cannizzaro, who has been the District Attorney of Orleans Parish sincehas consistently refused to admit when clear prosecutorial misconduct has placed innocent men in prison.
Ina British tourist was killed in the French Quarter during what looked like a robbery gone bad. Jones had no record, although he was known by the police as a suspect in some petty drug dealing. Investigators later also arrested a man named Lester Jones — no relation — and he was tried and convicted for the murder and several other crimes.
Jones was convicted and sent to Angola despite the fact that police and prosecutors knew someone else was guilty. Jones served 23 years of his sentence before he was released.
Cannizzaro is still insisting that he might retry Jones for these crimes. He wanted a multi-million dollar bond, which a judge reduced. Cannizzaro did offer Jones a plea agreement to close the case, but Jones refused and maintains his innocence.
Those charges are still pending. In light of recent exonerations, in Cannizzaro agreed to team up with the Innocence Project New Orleans to create a conviction integrity unit within his office.
But, the unit never really got off the ground, exonerating only one person, Kia Stewart, who was originally convicted based on the testimony of one eyewitness. Cannizzaro did not fight the defunding of the unit last year. Michael Freeman Hennepin County, MN Prosecutors often rely on flawed forensic evidence in the quest to obtain a conviction.
Instead of showing concern that prosecutors had relied on faulty techniques for decades, the National District Attorneys Association NDAA — a national organization of local prosecutors — dug in its heels. Bill Richards was tried in San Bernardino County four times for the alleged murder of his wife.
The evidence was fairly unconvincing. The first two trials resulted in a hung jury; the third ended in mistrial. The fourth time, a jury convicted Richards largely on the strength of so-called bite mark evidence. PCAST specifically condemned the study of bite marks, which claims to be able to identify people by vague tooth impressions and has long been known to be junk science.
Richards was finally released in June of this year after serving 23 years in prison when the California Supreme Court vacated his sentence based largely on Dr.Whereas eyewitness misidentification, faulty forensic evidence, jailhouse informants, and false confessions have been identified as the main contributing factors leading to many wrongful convictions, the Rampart and Tulia exonerees were wrongfully convicted almost exclusively as a result of police perjury.
Forensic Problems and Wrongful Convictions.
The Innocence Project analyzes every DNA exoneration to determine what factors contributed to the wrongful conviction and how the criminal justice system can be improved in the future.
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