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Mr Hinton said, explaining why he shouldn't have had to sit on death row for nearly three decades.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32178121
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Thank God they did because
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On Mar 31, 2015, Dannydoyle wrote:
Our legal system is the most ridiculous of any in the planet. That is until you look at the alternatives.


and now they don't have to look silly. (again)
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According to a study published a few years ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 143 people on death row since the reintroduction of the death penalty have been exonerated and released. The study also indicates that there are over 120 currently on death row who are completely innocent, and the US may have executed over 100 innocent men and women since 1977.

The peer-reviewed paper found that 4.1% of those on death row were wrongly convicted, or one in twenty five. That is a frighteningly high number of innocent people executed or threatened with execution.

The second most common reason for the cock-ups was failure of the police or prosecution to do their job properly, as in this case.

Another thing about the US system that is frightening is that being innocent is NOT grounds for being removed from death row and released. In a Supreme Court case Herrera v Collins the court ruled that a retrial would not be ordered, or an execution halted, if subsequent evidence revealed that someone was innocence. The only grounds for stepping in was a procedural mistake, not proof of innocence.

Leonel Herrera's last words before he was given the needle for two murders he did not commit were: "I am an innocent man, and something very wrong is taking place tonight."

Unfortunately something very wrong has taken place over 100 times since 1977, and while I am delighted for Anthony Hinton, we should not forget that.
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That 100 executed that may have been innocent is it possible that they were guilty? How did this group study arrive at their conclusions? Maybe they should judge the people on trial and forget about the jury system. What does "wrongly convicted" mean? How did they find out and no one else did? I am not being sarcastic here I just want to know how they know and no one else knew. Did they do anything about the injustices imposed upon these people or just do a study? Something should be done to help those people who have been unjustly imprisoned. Unfortunately nothing can be done for the supposedly innocent that have been executed. if all of this is true it is a huge miscarriage of justice.
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New evidence can come to light after an innocent man has been hung by the neck until dead. Such as in the case of 10 Rillington Place, which fortunately for the sake of his family cleared the innocent mans name.
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On Apr 4, 2015, acesover wrote:
That 100 executed that may have been innocent is it possible that they were guilty? How did this group study arrive at their conclusions? Maybe they should judge the people on trial and forget about the jury system. What does "wrongly convicted" mean? How did they find out and no one else did? I am not being sarcastic here I just want to know how they know and no one else knew. Did they do anything about the injustices imposed upon these people or just do a study? Something should be done to help those people who have been unjustly imprisoned. Unfortunately nothing can be done for the supposedly innocent that have been executed. if all of this is true it is a huge miscarriage of justice.

Start here for some answers to your questions:
http://www.innocenceproject.org/
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