Fairness: the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable:
He had a real sense of fairness and hated injustice.
The ban on media reporting has made some people question the fairness of the election (= ask whether it was fair).
1 What is “Prosecutorial Misconduct”? Former D.A. explains
Gepubliceerd op 30 jan. 2013
Florida has a long history of falsely accusing and wrongly convicting suspects in our criminal justice system, putting innocent men in prison and even on death row. In December 2000, after spending fourteen years on Florida’s death row, Frank Lee Smith died of cancer on January 30, 2000, before he was exonerated by DNA of the 1985 rape and murder of eight-year-old Shandra Whitehead. Appallingly, the police and prosecutors did their best to get a witness to say it was Frank Smith, even after she said she wasn’t sure, very much as Detective Smith tried to do with Jennie Warren in the Adam Walsh case, when the HPD tried to pin Adam’s murder on Toole.
The police will tell a witness that they are sure a suspect committed the crime, because they have “proof.” Not wanting a murderer to be set free, some witnesses will feel it’s their civic duty to make that identification, although not Jennie Warren. As in Ottis Toole’s case, people with intellectual disabilities or below-average intellectual function are particularly vulnerable to being wrongfully convicted. With their desire to please authority figures, they are very susceptible to being influenced during interrogation, and sometimes they confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Most law enforcement officials receive training in how to properly question these suspects, but in Ottis Toole’s case, the police and prosecutors didn’t seem to concern themselves with this formality. They just wanted a conviction.
Frank Townsend was another great example of police and prosecutorial misconduct cases where police take advantage of low IQ. His mental capacity was equivalent to that of an eight-year-old and they cajoled him into confessing. The Broward Sheriff`s Office even took Townsend to some of the murder scenes so that Townsend could show them what happened. After Assistant State Attorney Kelly Hancock prosecuted Townsend, it would take twenty-two years of Townsend’s life before he would be exonerated with DNA and another suspect was captured (October 30, 1988|BY JONATHON KING). Keep in mind, Kelly Hancock was the same attorney that gave John and Reve Walsh advice and the same attorney that sat next to Joe Matthews at the December, 2008 conviction of Ottis Toole.
I only mention these cases to show that the Adam Walsh case isn’t an aberration—rather more of a common occurrence in Florida. There are other cases like these where cops and prosecutors go after the downtrodden who have no education, no money and no family to come to their aid, in order to make themselves look good, and not just in Florida. The Adam Walsh case was just one of them. Only, no one went to prison in the Adam Walsh case. Ottis Toole had already died in prison before ex-cop Joe Matthews and the HPD pinned Adam’s murder on him.
Willis Morgan | Author of FRUSTRATED WITNESS! The True Story of the Adam Walsh Case and Police Misconduct.
JUDGES ARE ALWAYS SIDING WITH THE PROSECUTORS TO THE POINT OF TEAMING UP ON DEFENDANT EVEN IF INNOCENCE IS OBVIOUS . AS LONG AS THE TREASURY NOTES KEEP RAINING FROM THE SKY . JUDGES ARE COMFORTABLE BEING LEECHES AND STEALING FROM THE POOR .
2 DA Sentenced — A Look at Prosecutorial Misconduct Cases
Gepubliceerd op 19 nov. 2014
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They’re talking New York. And yes, they have had their problems with DA’s playing games, or making mistakes. But I’ll bet that there are other states where the percentage of Prosecutors withholding evidence are double, tripled, and even quadrupled. Louisiana was famous, or actually infamous for the misconduct under Harry Connick Sr., who would do whatever he had to to convict someone, even though there was plenty of evidence of the persons innocence that the Defense never knew about. There was a DA there that was proud of all the people he sent to Death Row. Even after a mountain of evidence was shown that the DA and Mr. Connick knowingly withheld evidence and lied under oath so many times, they concluded that they couldn’t find any evidence of misconduct. Texas is another one. Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona…..and I think you get the point. It’s almost laughable that they could be so incredibly guilty of murder and false imprisonment , and walk away unscathed with impunity. It’s disgraceful. Yet, it happens all the time. Still. And prosecutors know they have nothing to worry about if it’s found out.
3 Prosecutorial Ethics and the Right to a Fair Trial: The Role of the Brady Rule (Session 3)
Gepubliceerd op 19 okt. 2009
Speaker: Barry Scheck, Director, Innocence Project
Presented by: the Case Western Reserve Law Review
Summary: The Law Review Symposium: The Innocence Project in the Criminal Justice System
Barry Scheck, is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he has served for more than twenty-seven years, and is the Co-Director of the Innocence Project. He is Emeritus Director of Clinical Education, Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Programs, and the Jacob Burns Center for the Study of Law and Ethics. Prof. Scheck received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971 and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1974. He worked for three years as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City before joining the faculty at Cardozo.
Prof. Scheck has done extensive trial and appellate litigation in significant civil rights and criminal defense cases. He has published extensively in these areas, including a book with Jim Dwyer and Peter Neufeld entitled, Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong And How To Make It Right. He has served in prominent positions in many bar associations, including the presidency of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Since 1994 he has been a Commissioner on New York State’s Forensic Science Review Board, a body that regulates all crime and forensic DNA laboratories in the state. From 1998 – 2000, he served on the National Institute of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence.
For the past fourteen years, Scheck and Neufeld have run the Innocence Project, now an independent non-profit, affiliated with Cardozo Law School, which uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. The Project also assists police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in trying to bring about reform in many areas of the criminal justice system, including eyewitness identification procedures, interrogation methods, crime laboratory administration, and forensic science research. To date, 189 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing since 1989. You can read about each of these cases at the Innocence Project website.
In Brady v. Maryland (1963), the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant’s due process rights preclude a prosecutor from suppressing material evidence favorable to the defendant. Since the Court’s ruling, the Brady rule has shaped the boundaries of a defendant’s right to a fair trial and defined the standards of justice in the criminal system. The Case Western Reserve Law Review Symposium will explore the role of the Brady rule in various elements of a criminal case, including plea negotiations, scientific evidence and capital sentencing. Participants will also discuss the Brady rule’s impact on prosecutorial ethics in the current justice system. Please join us as many of the country’s leading experts examine the issues that are critical for maintaining each citizen’s right to a fair and just trial.
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Some people are not given a fair trial im a witness of it for 24 months I had a judge refusing to take my drug test as evidence said I got them from (PLUMMER) what would close my case was with held in my trial?
4 Evening With Michael Morton and Barry Scheck
1 okt. 2014
5 The surprising reason our correctional system doesn’t work | Brandon W. Mathews | TEDxMileHigh
Gepubliceerd op 13 sep. 2017
7 Bryan Stevenson on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Gepubliceerd op 8 mei 2015
Rich Fahle interviews attorney and author Bryan Stevenson about the his book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
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8 Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller Q &A
Gepubliceerd op 3 jun. 2016
In an age of mass incarceration and growing racial tension, how can a church committed to the flourishing of a whole city engage as ambassadors of reconciliation and restoration? Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller will help us explore ways to sustain hope through a grace filled pursuit of justice and mercy as they draw from their own calling and work.
Bryan Stevenson is one of this nation’s most influential public interest lawyers and the Founder & Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. For over 30 years, Stevenson has dedicated his life to help release those wrongly condemned on death row. He has also successfully advocated to eliminate the prosecution of children as adults. Leading the charge for a renewed conversation about racism in the US by connecting contemporary injustices with slavery, lynching, and segregation, Stevenson is the bestselling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Rev. Tim Keller has committed his life to presenting the gospel – through preaching, teaching, and church planting – in ways that challenge not just our heads but our hearts to bring about lasting transformation. Co-founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church for the last 27 years, Tim is also a prolific author. His many books have been translated into 26 languages.
Moderated by: Pamela Brown-Peterside is a long-time member of Redeemer’s Grace & Race group and has been working at Redeemer for 8 years. She currently oversees a team that cares for 90 community groups that are part of our West Side congregation. Community groups meet throughout the week usually in people’s apartments to worship, pray, study the Bible, and serve together. Before joining the Redeemer staff, Pamela worked in HIV/AIDS prevention with women in the South Bronx for almost a decade and saw firsthand the effects of poverty and mass incarceration in those communities of color. Originally from Nigeria, she has lived in New York City for over 20 years.
9 Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System with Bryan Stevenson
Gepubliceerd op 27 jun. 2017
10 In Conversation: Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Ray Hinton
Gepubliceerd op 24 mrt. 2016
11 The Forum: Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson on Just Mercy
Gepubliceerd op 3 apr. 2015
Milbank Tweed Forum: A talk by Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson on his recently published book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Followed by Q&A moderated by Dean Trevor Morrison
This event was co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice
“Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so. . . . [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope. . . . Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”
—David Cole, The New York Review of Books
“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.”
—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
This event was held on April 1, 2015.
12 Anthony Ray Hinton, “The Sun Does Shine”
Gepubliceerd op 11 apr. 2018
Anthony Ray Hinton shares his story and discusses his book, “The Sun Does Shine” at Politics and Prose on 4/2/18.
Hinton was twenty-nine when he was arrested on two counts of capital murder in Alabama in 1985. He was innocent, but he was also poor and black with an incompetent defense attorney. Hinton was convicted, sentenced to death by electrocution, and spent the first three years on death row in silent, bitter despair. Then he became determined to survive, and even to thrive. He kept his own spirits up by bolstering his fellow inmates, and found new representation with Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy. Released and exonerated in 2015, Hinton is now an advocate for prison reform and a compelling speaker on the power of hope.
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14 Go Soul to Soul With Civil Rights Attorney Bryan Stevenson | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN
Gepubliceerd op 2 nov. 2015
16 Justice in an Era of Mass Imprisonment | Institute of Politics
Gepubliceerd op 6 apr. 2015
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18 Pomona College Criminal Justice Symposium – Master Class with Bryan Stevenson
Gepubliceerd op 17 apr. 2016
19 NYU Law Professor Bryan Stevenson explains why he wrote “Just Mercy,” his first book
NYU School of Law
Gepubliceerd op 27 okt. 2014
“Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson is a professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal representation for condemned prisoners and juvenile offenders (learn more: eji.org/about). A MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, Stevenson was honored with the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction) for “Just Mercy.”
20 Bryan Stevenson
Gepubliceerd op 28 feb. 2012
21 IJP Speaker Series Part 2 – Anthony Ray Hinton – The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction
Gepubliceerd op 18 nov. 2016
22 How to fix our broken criminal justice system | Robert Barton | TEDxSanQuentin
20 apr. 2017