History Main / MiscarriageofJustice

18th Dec '15 12:10:07 PM Eagal
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* George Stinney, a 14-year-old South Carolinian black boy, was falsely convicted of murdering a pair of white girls. He had actually been coerced into confessing when the police officers offered him ice cream if he confessed to the crime. New evidence has surfaced and a lawyer has been trying to get his conviction overturned, but it's an uphill battle, plus it's essentially for the principle of the thing since he was executed only about 86 days or so after the girls' bodies were discovered.
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* In 1944 George Stinney, a 14-year-old South Carolinian black boy, was falsely convicted of murdering a pair of white girls. He had actually been coerced into confessing when the police officers offered him ice cream if he confessed to the crime. New evidence has surfaced and a lawyer has been trying to get his conviction overturned, but it's an uphill battle, plus it's essentially for the principle of the thing since he overturned posthumously (he was executed only about 86 days or so after the girls' bodies were discovered.discovered), but it's an uphill battle.
7th Dec '15 9:47:48 AM Hossmeister
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* The third case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' begins with [[TheWoobie Maggey Byrde]] being convicted of murder. Not only was she framed, but [[spoiler: the murderer actually disguised himself as Phoenix Wright so he could be her lawyer and make sure she lost. Fortunately, this means a mistrial is declared and the real Phoenix can uncover the truth in another trial.]]
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* The third case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' begins with [[TheWoobie Maggey Byrde]] being convicted of murder. Not only was she framed, but [[spoiler: the murderer actually disguised himself as Phoenix Wright so he could be her lawyer and make sure she lost. Fortunately, this means a mistrial is declared and the real Phoenix can uncover the truth in another trial.]]
14th Nov '15 5:49:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheRockfordFiles''. In the back story of the series, Jim Rockford was wrongly convicted of armed robbery and spent five years in prison before receiving a pardon. * ''{{Life}}''. * The ''Series/TheATeam'' were convicted of "A Crime They Didn't Commit" which was eventually revealed to be a bank robbery in Hanoi, Vietnam. In truth, they had been ordered to do it, but the man who gave them the order was killed and all evidence of his orders destroyed.
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* ''TheRockfordFiles''.''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. In the back story of the series, Jim Rockford was wrongly convicted of armed robbery and spent five years in prison before receiving a pardon. * ''{{Life}}''.''Series/{{Life}}''. * The ''Series/TheATeam'' were convicted of "A Crime They Didn't Commit" which was eventually revealed to be a bank robbery in Hanoi, Vietnam. In truth, they had been ordered to do it, but the man who gave them the order was killed and all evidence of his orders destroyed.
4th Nov '15 7:38:01 AM jeez
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-------- -> ''[[TheStinger A dismal dawn was breaking when they took her man away,]]'' -> ''not knowing what was his crime...'' -> '' Just what was he guilty of, not one of them could say.'' -> ''[[EarWorm But they'd think of something in time!]]''
19th Sep '15 10:04:43 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/TrueBeliever: Shu Kai Kim was convicted of a murder he didn't commit [[spoiler: due to false evidence presented by the police and prosecutor]].

* The "Central Park Jogger" case. On April 19, 1989, and young woman was savagely attacked in New York City's Central Park--beaten, raped, and left for dead. Within days, five young men -- known as the Central Park 5 -- who had been terrorizing people in the park were arrested. Despite no DNA evidence, no identification by the jogger (she survived, but could not remember the attack), and a time frame that showed that the boys could NOT have assaulted the woman--ironically because they were attacking someone else at the time, all were convicted and sent to prison. A decade later, a man serving time for another crime came forward and confessed that HE, and he alone was the real perpetrator. There was nothing the DA's office could do but overturn the convictions of the others--who had all served their undeserved time. Meanwhile, the statute of limitations had run out, meaning that the man could not be prosecuted for the attack. So, 5 innocent young men spent a decade in prison for something they didn't do, a guilty man remained--and STILL remains unpunished for something he did, and the woman herself, Tricia Meili, will never see proper justice done. A thoroughly gross miscarriage of justice all around.
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* The "Central Park Jogger" case. On April 19, 1989, and a young woman was savagely attacked in New York City's Central Park--beaten, raped, and left for dead. Within days, five young men -- known as the Central Park 5 -- who had been terrorizing people in the park were arrested. Despite no DNA evidence, no identification by the jogger (she survived, but could not remember the attack), and a time frame that showed that the boys could NOT have assaulted the woman--ironically woman-ironically because they were attacking someone else at the time, all time-all were convicted and sent to prison. A decade later, a man serving time for another crime came forward and confessed that HE, he, and he alone alone, was the real perpetrator. There was nothing the DA's office could do but overturn the convictions of the others--who others-who had all served their undeserved time. Meanwhile, the statute of limitations had run out, meaning that the man could not be prosecuted for the attack. So, 5 innocent young men spent a decade in prison for something they didn't do, a guilty man remained--and remained-and STILL remains unpunished remains-unpunished for something he did, and the woman herself, Tricia Meili, will never see proper justice done. A thoroughly gross miscarriage of justice all around.

* One of the gravest public blunders of the Italian judiciary system, Enzo Tortora was wrongfully sentenced to ten years of prison, after accusations of being a member of the Camorra involved in drug trafficking, based on paper-thin proofs and the claims of a mentally unstable [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia pentito]]. What's notable is the fact the the guy was a beloved ''TV Host''; when his ordeal ended and was allowed back to the scenes, now physically worn off and struggling with cancer, he famously started off the show by simply saying [[{{Badass}} "Well then, where did we leave off?"]]. * Perhaps the most infamous case in French history is Captain Alfred Dreyfus, in 1894, who was accused of spying under false charges; being Jewish in a still anti-Semitic, fiercely conservative army, he was the scapegoat while the army protected the actual culprit, and was sent to the PenalColony of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devil's Island]] in French Guiana for five years of hell. His brother and his wife fought to obtain proof of the miscarriage. Eventually, some first-rate intellectuals (including Émile Zola and his Main/JAccuse) took up the defence of Dreyfus in the press and obtained a new trial. The affair was unusual in that it really divided France into two clear sides: the ''dreyfusards'' (Dreyfus' defenders, mostly left-wing republicans) and the ''anti-dreyfusards'' (right-wing, traditionally religious conservatives). Dreyfus was eventually found not guilty (in 1906) and went on to serve during Main/WorldWar1, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, but the years his career had lost were never taken into account and he never could make it to general, as he could have before the affair. * The first season of the podcast ''Serial'' takes an in-depth look at the case of Adnan Syed, a Muslim man convicted of murder at the age of 18 in the death of his friend Hae Min Lee. In the course of reporting, the evidence is examined, and the conclusion is eventually drawn by reporter Sarah Koenig that the case against Adnan was based on either fundamentally flawed evidence (timelines that didn't match, evidence that ultimately was demonstrably incorrect), or BlatantLies (witness testimony that changed with each telling, testimony that was left out entirely because it didn't fit the prosecution's case). She ultimately states that she doesn't know if Adnan is actually the killer, but there's no way he should be found guilty based on the evidence provided. The fact that Adnan has constantly pled his innocence, for ''15 years'' despite it hurting his case and his chances at parole, implies that this trope is in effect.
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* One In one of the gravest public blunders of the Italian judiciary system, Enzo Tortora was wrongfully sentenced to ten years of prison, prison after accusations of being a member of the Camorra involved in drug trafficking, based on paper-thin proofs and the claims of a mentally unstable [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia pentito]]. What's notable is the fact the the guy was a beloved ''TV Host''; when his ordeal ended and was allowed back to the scenes, now physically worn off out and struggling with cancer, he famously started off the show by simply saying [[{{Badass}} "Well then, where did we leave off?"]]. * Perhaps the most infamous case in French history is Captain Alfred Dreyfus, in 1894, who was accused of spying under false charges; being charges. Being Jewish in a still anti-Semitic, fiercely conservative army, he was the scapegoat while the army protected the actual culprit, and was sent to the PenalColony of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devil's Island]] in French Guiana for five years of hell. His brother and his wife fought to obtain proof of the miscarriage. Eventually, some first-rate intellectuals (including Émile Zola and his Main/JAccuse) took up the defence defense of Dreyfus in the press and obtained a new trial. The affair was unusual in that it really divided France into two clear sides: the ''dreyfusards'' (Dreyfus' defenders, mostly left-wing republicans) and the ''anti-dreyfusards'' (right-wing, traditionally religious conservatives). Dreyfus was eventually found not guilty (in 1906) and went on to serve during Main/WorldWar1, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, but the years his career had lost were never taken into account and he never could make it to general, as he could have before the affair. * The first season of the podcast ''Serial'' takes an in-depth look at the case of Adnan Syed, a Muslim man convicted of murder at the age of 18 in the death of his friend Hae Min Lee. In the course of reporting, the evidence is examined, and the conclusion is eventually drawn by reporter Sarah Koenig that the case against Adnan was based on either fundamentally flawed evidence (timelines that didn't match, evidence that ultimately was demonstrably incorrect), or BlatantLies (witness testimony that changed with each telling, testimony or that was left out entirely because it didn't fit the prosecution's case). She ultimately states that she doesn't know if Adnan is actually the killer, but there's no way he should be found guilty based on the evidence provided. The fact that Adnan has constantly pled his innocence, for ''15 years'' despite it hurting his case and his chances at parole, implies that this trope is in effect.
14th Sep '15 11:58:13 AM SolidSonicTH
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** The third case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'' (''Gyakuten Kenji 2'') is about a man who was found guilty [[spoiler:as an accomplice]] to a murder 18 years prior. The defending attorney, [[spoiler:Gregory Edgeworth]], tried his hardest to get an acquittal but [[spoiler:the lack of a body didn't give him enough evidence to work with and eventually, due to overzealous pressure for a confession, the defendant eventually cracked and confessed a crime he never committed]]. The best he was able to do was give the prosecution a black mark for their conduct during the interrogations (which itself leads [[spoiler:to the famed "DL-6 Incident" that was basically the ignition for the rest of the franchise]]). The conclusion [[spoiler:remedies the injustice, freeing the defendant by uncovering the true culprit]].
17th Aug '15 4:38:46 AM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/AndJusticeForAll'' Jeff was arrested due to Mistaken Identity (he had the same name as a suspect) then framed by other inmate's for a prison guard's stabbing. Kirkland can't get him out due to the evidence clearing him coming in too late, [[spoiler: leading Jeff to snap, taking hostages after being [[PrisonRape gang-raped by fellow prisoners]] and is then [[{{Tearjerker}} shot dead by a police sniper]].]] * In the losely-based film adaption of the book with the same name, ''Film/TheRunningMan'', this happens: it kicks the plot off when the police officer protagonist Ben Richards gets wrongly accused of having commited a massacre among innocent civilians and as punishment for the crime is selected as a combatant for the titular BloodSport TV show. However, Richards tried to ''prevent'' the massacre and part of the plot is finding the evidence of this to give the real story to the public as well as bringing the corrupt officials behind it to justice.
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* In ''Film/AndJusticeForAll'' Jeff was arrested due to Mistaken Identity mistaken identity (he had the same name as a suspect) then framed by other inmate's inmates for a prison guard's stabbing. Kirkland can't get him out due to the evidence clearing him coming in too late, [[spoiler: leading Jeff to snap, taking hostages after being [[PrisonRape gang-raped by fellow prisoners]] and is then [[{{Tearjerker}} shot dead by a police sniper]].]] * In the losely-based loosely-based film adaption of the book with the same name, ''Film/TheRunningMan'', this happens: it kicks the plot off when the police officer protagonist Ben Richards gets wrongly accused of having commited committed a massacre among innocent civilians and as punishment for the crime is selected as a combatant for the titular BloodSport TV show. However, Richards tried to ''prevent'' the massacre and part of the plot is finding the evidence of this to give the real story to the public as well as bringing the corrupt officials behind it to justice.

** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' - The Ministry has finally admitted that Voldemort has indeed returned, but they immediately revert to how they acted during the first war; with many instances of unjustifiable arrests. This includes the arrest of Stan Shunpike, who gets sent straight to Azkaban.
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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' - The Ministry has finally admitted that Voldemort has indeed returned, but they immediately revert to how they acted during the first war; war, with many instances of unjustifiable arrests. This includes the arrest of Stan Shunpike, who gets sent straight to Azkaban.
16th Aug '15 6:23:02 AM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheHunt'', before going to authorities about the molestation accusations, the schoolteacher seeks the opinion of someone without proper understanding of how to interrogate a child. Consequently, he leads little Klara's answers and produces false proof that is nonetheless taken for the truth. Had Klara been questioned by a qualified expert first, the wrongful PaedoHunt might have been avoided. Luckily, holes in the accusations ultimately spare Lucas from the charges, but the damage is already done.
30th Jul '15 5:03:06 PM eroock
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-->''It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.\\
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-->''It ->''It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.\\

--->― '''UsefulNotes/JohnAdams'''
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30th Jul '15 9:48:46 AM Anddrix
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* In ''[[Literature/VampireAcademy Last Sacrifice]]'', Rose is [[spoiler:convicted of regicide and sentenced to death, based only on circumstantial evidence]]. She is innocent.
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* In ''[[Literature/VampireAcademy Last Sacrifice]]'', ''Literature/LastSacrifice'', Rose is [[spoiler:convicted of regicide and sentenced to death, based only on circumstantial evidence]]. She is innocent.
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