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26th May '17 10:49:40 PM TheTropper
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* The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/Persona5'' was sentenced with a criminal record for assaulting a man. What really happened is that while he was walking home, he noticed a drunk man harassing a woman and stepped in to help her. The drunk guy suddenly slipped and fell, injuring his own face, after which he threatens the woman with imprisonment if she doesn't claim he was attacked. The police then show up, where the woman says Joker attacked the man, leading to his arrest.
21st May '17 12:31:47 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Fanfic/AGemOfADay'', [[spoiler:Rarity and Applejack get arrested when they try to steal back the former's dress design from Suri Polomare. When asked how they can arrest them when Suri was the one real thief, the arresting officer replied it was because Suri didn't pull a breaking and entering]].
11th May '17 12:27:46 AM KidDynamite
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* RebaMacintyre's ''The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia'' has the singer's brother arrested, tried, convicted and ''executed'' all in a single evening [[spoiler: for a murder the singer committed.]]

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* RebaMacintyre's RebaMcEntire's ''The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia'' has the singer's brother arrested, tried, convicted and ''executed'' all in a single evening [[spoiler: for a murder the singer committed.]]
3rd May '17 9:40:44 PM arilicious
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* In ''Film/TheLastSeduction'': [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBitch Bridget Gregory]] frames her lover for murdering her abusive husband, as well raping her as part of a rape fantasy role-play. She destroys the last piece of evidence that could possibly get him acquitted, and his lawyer tells him that nothing seems to be in his favor]].
21st Apr '17 5:22:51 PM Eddy1215
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* This was the premise of one episode of the 2002 revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''; a famous songwriter's life is revealed to be a fantasy created in response to him being accused of being a CopKiller, and being brutally interrogated while his numerous claims that he was innocent were ignored. In the end, he's beaten to the point that he's comatose, while the cop who did the beating claimed IDidWhatIHadToDo, only for another officer to come in saying that the actually shooter had just been picked up.

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* This was the premise of one episode of the 2002 revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''; a famous songwriter's life is revealed to be a fantasy created in response to him being accused of being a CopKiller, and being brutally interrogated while his numerous claims that he was innocent were ignored. In the end, he's beaten to the point that he's comatose, while the cop who did the beating claimed IDidWhatIHadToDo, only for another officer to come in saying that the actually actual shooter had just been picked up.
21st Apr '17 5:21:55 PM Eddy1215
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* This was the premise of one episode of the 2002 revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''; a famous songwriter's life is revealed to be a fantasy created in response to him being accused of being a CopKiller, and being brutally interrogated while his numerous claims that he was innocent were ignored. In the end, he's beaten to the point that he's comatose, while the cop who did the beating claimed IDidWhatIHadToDo, only for another officer to come in saying that the actually shooter had just been picked up.
9th Apr '17 3:35:34 PM LordYAM
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*** A certain kind of real life {{Fridge Horror}} kicks in when you realize another miscarriage of justice. If we take for granted that the boys were innocent (general consensus is that the evidence shows this, and the state of Arkansas offering the Alford Plea deal to convicted first-degree murderers was taken as tacit acknowledgement that the prosecution messed up and convicted the wrong people) then . . . what happened to the real killer? Presumably he (or she) is still out there somewhere, if not dead. One of the boys' fathers was implicated by the defense at trial, but there's no hard evidence against him. Years later, DNA seemed to implicate Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, and further investigation revealed he lacked an alibi and had a history of violence against women and children.

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*** A certain kind of real life {{Fridge Horror}} kicks in when you realize another miscarriage of justice. If we take for granted that the boys were innocent (general consensus is that the evidence shows this, and the state of Arkansas offering the Alford Plea deal to convicted first-degree murderers was taken as tacit acknowledgement that the prosecution messed up and convicted the wrong people) then . . . what happened to the real killer? Presumably he (or she) is still out there somewhere, if not dead. One of the boys' fathers was implicated by the defense at trial, but there's no hard evidence against him. Years later, DNA seemed to implicate Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, and further investigation revealed he lacked an alibi and had a history of violence against women and children.children (including attempting to rape a neighbor who reported him for beating his family from a previous marriage).


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*** At the same time, the police used contradictory theories to convict Brandon and his confession was dubious. What's more, there WERE other people on that property (notably Earl and Charles, Steven's brothers, who had a similarly violent history.) More importantly the state DID have a lot to lose (if Avery had won the reputation of the department would have been damaged.)
4th Apr '17 6:15:38 AM Americanada
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** Although there was plenty of evidence not featured in Making a Murderer. It can be said that Making a Murderer was biased and set out to portray Avery as innocent from the beginning. It was a nurse and not the police who opened the vial of his blood, and the nurse prepared to testify under oath. Strangely enough, the blood at the crime scene had no trace of the chemicals used when storing samples of blood. And there's the fact that Steven Avery was indeed a rapist. The rape he was formerly convicted of was not done by him, but he abused a former ex-girlfriend and raped a teenager. The question of who killed Teresa Halbach, if it wasn't Steven Avery, still remains, although it's highly unlikely it was the police. The whole plan the police would have had to put into action to frame Avery would be extremely convoluted. It would be unlikely the police would attempt such a thing and hope no one would notice, because it would be almost impossible for anyone to not notice. It would have been much easier just to kill him. And remember, even if there was a conflict of interest, that doesn't change who did the crime. Now the lawyers of Steven Avery's case are getting death threats and Teresa Halbach has been reduced to nothing more than a plot point in the story of the "real victim" Steven Avery.
4th Apr '17 5:58:25 AM Americanada
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22nd Mar '17 7:06:50 PM Fireblood
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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': Several Death Eaters or suspected Death Eaters were imprisoned after Voldemort's fall, regardless of whether they were truly guilty. It's implied that the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, [[HangingJudge Barty Crouch, Sr.]], wanted quick and convincing trials (or sometimes no trial at all) because he was in line for the Minister's job. He even sent his own son to Azkaban, although in that case his son actually ''was'' a Death Eater (and in the film version made no attempt to deny it).

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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' - Several Death Eaters or suspected Death Eaters were imprisoned after Voldemort's fall, regardless of whether they were truly guilty. It's implied that the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, [[HangingJudge Barty Crouch, Sr.]], wanted quick and convincing trials (or sometimes no trial at all) because he was in line for the Minister's job. He even sent his own son to Azkaban, although in that case his son actually ''was'' a Death Eater (and in the film version made no attempt to deny it).



*** Shunpike is an interesting case; in the following novel, he's revealed to be one of the Death Eaters attacking Harry above Little Whinging. His physical state indicates Imperius Curse enthrallment, though. Scrimgeour wasn't acting senselessly when he arrested Stan (though, disproportionately, yes). Who knows how long he had been cursed. Harry's main defense is that he knows Stan, but the Death Eaters have ways of making people act against their natural inclination. (Since, however, Stan was sent to Azkaban for boasting he knew Voldemort's secret plans in a pub - hardly behaviour an Imperiused person would engage in - this may be a case of HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook)

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*** Shunpike is an interesting case; in the following novel, he's revealed to be one of the Death Eaters attacking Harry above Little Whinging. His physical state indicates Imperius Curse enthrallment, though. Scrimgeour wasn't acting senselessly when he arrested Stan (though, disproportionately, yes). Who knows how long he had been cursed. Harry's main defense is that he knows Stan, but the Death Eaters have ways of making people act against their natural inclination. (Since, inclination (since, however, Stan was sent to Azkaban for boasting he knew Voldemort's secret plans in a pub - hardly behaviour behavior an Imperiused person would engage in - this may be a case of HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook)HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook).
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