Regardless of the alleged crime, when a person experiences a wrongful conviction, it is a severe blow to the health of the American justice system. It does not matter if the defendant was wrongfully convicted of drunken driving or murder, the results are the same: yet more cracks appear in what is arguably an already troubled system of justice.
Why do wrongful convictions happen? Some believe overzealous law enforcement personnel contribute to the phenomenon by using police misconduct to put suspects behind bars. Others blame prosecution attorneys who may go to great lengths to achieve a conviction. Some of the methods used by prosecution teams might include using questionable eyewitnesses or allowing so-called “junk science” to influence jurors.
Again, the reasons behind questionable, if not outright illegal, actions authorities might take to gain a conviction do not matter in the end. What does matter is that enabling and allowing wrongful convictions is a terrible affront to a justice system that once made Americans proud. Correcting and preventing wrongful convictions will help us heal our system of justice and help Americans learn to embrace once again the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.”
As attorneys serving the Detroit area of Michigan, we still believe in the American justice system. Many other lawyers do as well and so should you. After all, it is still the best protection you have against a wrongful conviction despite any flaws the system may have.
More and more people have come to understand how wrongful convictions, police misconduct and questionable legal methods have begun to degrade the justice system. As Henry David Thoreau said, “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” Let us all refresh our faith in our country and fight to remedy wrongful convictions. Learn more about these topics and others by visiting our website.