Wrongful Convictions

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    Journalist Mark Pratt wrote for The Associated Press 15 June 2016:
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    A man who spent 21 years in prison for a killing he says he didn't commit filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Lynn as well as city and state police officers he accuses of framing him. Angel Echavarria was convicted of murder in 1996 in the shooting two years prior of Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn and sentenced to life in prison. ..."The evidence used to convict Angel Echevarria was invented out of whole cloth," attorney Steven Art said.

    ...The only eyewitness to the shooting, which took place in a known drug den, was the victim's brother, and he twice identified another man as the shooter...
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    A few million bux for the Plaintiff, and jail time for the Defendants would be in order...
     
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    From The Associated Press 15 June 2016:
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    A former Texas death row inmate says he wants to tear up an agreement that dismissed his murder charge while protecting prosecutors in his case from any findings of misconduct.

    Criminal court records show Kerry Max Cook fired his legal team last week after a judge dropped the charge against him in the 1977 slaying of a 21-year-old woman in the East Texas town of Tyler. Cook was released from prison in 1999.

    In a Facebook post by Cook that was included in court records submitted by prosecutors, he criticizes lawyers for the New York-based Innocence Project and the Innocence Project of Texas, saying that he never approved an agreement that would absolve prosecutors of wrongdoing.

    He said he was "humiliated" by comments from one of his attorneys, Gary Udashen, praising the cooperation of Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham.

    ...The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals needs to approve any exoneration. If that's granted, Cook could be eligible for more than $3 million in compensation from the state, plus additional benefits, for the 20 years he was imprisoned...
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    There is no wrongful conviction, only crooks that want one more dance before the gallow.
     
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    There is only one reason that anyone is wrongfully convicted; corrupt prosecutors and police. As long as we allow corrupt prosecutors and police to live, it will keep happening.
     
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    The source of that corruption is the prison services industry. By bringing back the gallow, that corruption is reduced to the old level of asset and turf wars.
     
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    Those who have studied the phenomenon have uniformly (no pun intended) come to the conclusion that police will plant or alter evidence on occasion, but ONLY when they are convinced that the accused is actually guilty of the crime, and they feel a need to add to the pile of inculpatory evidence. The times when a cop intentionally plants evidence against someone he knows is innocent are microscopic, in the big picture.

    Which is not to say that it doesn't happen, or that justice should not ultimately prevail: the cop should be criminally prosecuted and the convict should be financially compensated.

    "Corruption" is probably not the best word for this phenomenon. Corruption implies that the bad cops and prosecutors had something personally to gain, which is almost never the case.
     
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    From The Associated Press 25 June 2016:
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    Montana man who was granted clemency by the governor after he spent three decades behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit is now under investigation on allegations that he asked a female to perform sex acts. ...Barry Beach picked up the female, whose age is not clear in the report, and drove her to his home, where he asked, "Can I touch you?" ...the female said no, and no again when Beach allegedly asked her if she wanted to touch him...

    ...Beach then took her to a parking lot, where he asked if she liked performing a sex act. He eventually dropped the female off at a house. The person who complained to police said the female appeared scared.
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    Barry Beach has been in prison so long he doesn't know how to act in the general society anymore. It is irresponsible, at best, to send an individual, who has been incarcerated for "three decades behind bars", back out into society without any kind of intermediary counseling. The same with returning war vets. They are not the same person that left to go to war.
     
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    Creepy as this story is, it seems like this guy followed proper procedure by asking for consent and not proceeding with sex acts without consent.
     
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    Doesn't the state have to pay restitution for wrongful convictions?

    I mean, ya get a couple million dollars, and y'know...
     
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    Stupid statement.
     
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