This means that the process will be fair for everyone. This is suppose to prevent governments from abusing their powers.
The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society.
It is the cornerstone of our society.
When did the American Justice System become the American Justice System for the rich?
The rich get out or less time, the poor take a plea.
Prosecutors, public defenders, even private attorneys often want a defendant to take a plea, whether they are guilty or not. They want a plea deal even when there isn't any evidence against them.
It is the easy way out. It is convenient.
Unless you can afford outstanding representation, a poor person doesn't stand chance.
Let's imagine that you are accused of committing a crime. You know that you did not do this crime. You are comfortable with going to trial.
After all this is America, the land of the free, the home of the brave. You have faith in the American Justice System.
Now, here's the unjust part.
The victim of the crime said that she could not identify the suspect.
She said it on the 911 call.
The deputy said it in his written report.
Later, the victim was given a photo lineup and could not identify the suspect. She said that the suspect was wearing a bandana that covered half his face and a hoodie covering his forehead.
She said that she could only see the eyes.
You tell your attorney that you did not commit this offense.
Phone records indicate that your phone was not in the area during the time of the robbery.
Prosecutor and attorney want you to take a plea.
A prosecutor's pride is unfathomable. He will win at all cost.
Somewhere along the way, prosecutors forgot that they are suppose to administer justice, not merely convict.
So, to get the results they want, the victim is given a second photo lineup. This time she says that she is 60% sure that it is you because the nose looks familiar.
How can the nose look familiar if she could only see the eyes?
It could only look familiar from the first photo lineup.
Well, you are still not too worried. You have an attorney and your attorney is suppose to be looking out for your best interest.
Your defense attorney is afraid of pissing off the prosecutor. He doesn't question the inconsistency of the victim's statements. He doesn't want to jeopardize his relationship with the prosecutor. There are more important cases they will be trading off on. Your case does not fit that criteria.
Now you are caught up in the Good Old' Boys Club, where the attorneys are working together to get the results they desire.
You are punished for not taking a plea.
Who do think you are?
What do you do when the cards are now suddenly stacked against you?
That is what happened to my son.
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We are seeking funds for legal fees for Charles' Defense
Charles is 24 years old. He was convicted of attempted robbery with a firearm. At 22, he was sentenced to 12 years. He was wrongly convicted. Charles played soccer and later became an Alabama Crimson Tide Enthusiast. Roll Tide. He participated in whatever he was asked to do.
Charles is an A/B High School graduate of Holy Spirit Catholic High School. Charles was also crowned Prom King and performed a song at his prom.
He is 3 classes from a Bachelor's Degree in Recording Arts. Charles does not have a prior criminal history. This is a terrible travesty of injustice.
A couple of Non-Profit organizations have been looking at his case. Some organizations do not take cases where the the detainees have 10 or less years.
These organizations prefer detainees who have been in prison for 15, 20 or more years.
I love when I read about someone being exonerated after serving 20 years in prison.
I am very happy for them.
However, I think the time has come to start looking at wrongful convictions in the early years.
When a person has been in prison for 20 years, he has spent the formidable years of his life behind bars.
He has missed out on watching his family grow old with him. He has missed out on life.
Then, there is the prosecutor and/or the attorney that conducted this misconduct.
Do they really care if a person is exonerated after 20 years, after 30 years?
I do not think so.
They have lived their lives and accomplished their missions.
Now ask yourself if prosecutors and attorney would care if wrongful convictions are caught in the early stages?
I think so.
Remember, these individuals are ambitious and unscrupulous.
The attorneys are accused of ineffective assistance of counsel and the the prosecutors are accused of prosecutor misconduct
Being associated with wrongful convictions could hurt their political aspirations.
It could damage their careers.
This is why wrongful convictions need to be stopped in the early years.
Lets give them something to think about.
Lets start with my son. Let Charles be the beginning of a chain reaction to right a wrong in its early stages.
It is great when anyone get exonerated for being wrongly convicted. It is a happy day for them and their families.
I know that they are grateful to get out.
I want you to ask them this question.
I want you to ask them this question.
Would they choose to be exonerated after 2 years or 20 years?
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