Where the mishandling with prosecutors and attorneys comes in is when evidence

Where the mishandling with prosecutors and attorneys

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wrongful convictions (Edwards, 2005). Where the mishandling with prosecutors and attorneys comes in, is when evidence is destroyed to favor either side of the case resulting in wrongful convictions. For example, in cases of rape when the perpetrator was clearly white, evidence was destroyed; and cases were swayed to convict a minority instead. Prosecutors become more concerned with a win rather that actually seeking justice in a case. This goes against everything that they swore to do as people who uphold justice in the nation. False confessions are also circumstances that lead to wrongful convictions. This occurs when a suspect admits to committing a crime either by coercion or any other pretense. There is a large probability that an innocent suspect will admit to a crime that they did not commit. It is also a large probability that this type of confession would
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SOLUTIONS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS Christmas 6 produce an erroneous conviction (Cassell, 1999). There are two professors whom have conducted much needed research in the area of false confessions by coercion. They are Richard Leo and Richard Ofshe. They found that in many cases false confessions led to a wrongful conviction. It would make one inquire on the reasoning for someone innocent to confess to a crime they did not commit. This could be due to a number of reasons. The suspect either feels intimidated, may be expecting threat of force to accompany the interrogation, they are incapable of reasoning, stress, mental disorders, hunger, learning disabilities, torture and even exhaustion results in a false confession. The 1936 case of Brown v. Mississippi was a case where three suspects were tortured over the course of several days (Gross and Possley, 2016). Gross and Possley state when “asked how severely one defendant was whipped, the deputy in charge testified: “Not too much for a Negro; not as much as I would have done if it were left to me” (Gross and Possley, 2016). This shows a horrendous act, and how easily it was for someone be subject to this type of treatment. In some cases, even exculpatory DNA evidence doesn’t help” (Gross and Possley, 2016). In a case where a 19-year-old confessed twice to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old, DNA would prove that he did not commit the crime (Gross and Possley, 2016). Due to his confession, he was wrongfully convicted of this crime. His name was Juan Rivera. Gross and Possley state that, “Rivera was convicted of murder in 1993, and again in 1996 after his first conviction was reversed for a host of legal errors. In 2005, DNA test proved that a different man was the source of semen recovered from the body of the victim” (Gross and Possley, 2016). This shows how prosecutors were more concerned with a win than actually seeking justice. They were willing to throw an innocent teenage boy to the wolves for the sake of winning this case. Rivera underwent a trauma that many suspects witness. His emotions were played on, and he began to confess because of a perceived
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SOLUTIONS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS Christmas 7 threat of force. “Innocent people confess because they are terrified and confused and
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