Re: Casey Anthony trialJul 7th, 2011
I see statements like the above often, always presented in the rhetorical. What is the answer?
It seems to me that, statistically speaking, the answer is a very, very small number, and getting smaller by the day since DNAevidence was introduced in the mid-90s. How many people have been unjustly convicted since the use of DNA in trials? How many guilty have walked free?
Well, there are many persons languishing in jail that cannot get anyone to hear them. How many cases do not have DNA done because the scene was not treated properly at the time, or the prisoner cannot get anyone to listen??
Here are statements that aren't rhetorical. Former death row Illinois inmates (9) in number were found NOT GUILTY in the 10 years since the death penality was reinstituted. Together those freed spent 52 years on death row and another 36 in county jails. During that same period the state executed 7. It took the intervention of people completely outside of the justice system to win back the freedom of 8 of the 9.
To say the Justice System failed miserably is rather an understatement wouldn't you say? More than half of those sitting death row were NOT GUILTY. One wonders if the 7 executed could not interest anyone on the outside to go to bat for them, or if there was no DNA or they had rotten representation. I imagine very few of the guilty walked free unless they had a "dream team" The question is how many innocents have been unjustly convicted?? Remember there is sometimes no DNA, or the scene was contaminated, or they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Rather astounding that at least 9 out of 16 were found innocent & released. 37% only received some form of compensation. It is said it is not the mistakes that are made in the justice system that makes it reasonably but the zeal with which it corrects those mistakes.