Diane RussellDNA will convict you, or set you free. Need more scientists/ forensic analysts to work on more cases, to get those who are innocent out. Should NOT be happening in this day and age. Courts are backlogged. It all takes (too) much time.
"Gault spoke not only to the problem of false confessions but also to increased risk of coerced confessions when youthful suspects are interrogated. This is where Gault is key to understanding the story of Brendan Dassey’s confession. Quoting from the Court’s 1948 decision in Haley v. Ohio, Justice Fortas recognized that tactics which may “leave a man cold and unimpressed” may “overawe and overwhelm” a teenager. The tactics used in Dassey’s interrogation — the “false friend” ploy, lies about evidence, and implied promises of leniency — might not have caused a seasoned adult criminal to buckle and break. But such tactics, easily overwhelmed Dassey, whose youth, mental limitations, and inexperience with the law made him especially vulnerable to them." ... See MoreSee Less
"Missouri officials — from prosecutors and judges to state lawmakers and the governor — have been warned for years that the system is on the verge of a collapse, but they have done little to stop it from happening, to the detriment of tens of thousands of individual defendants. 'The effect of the workload, the low salary and the turnover has not surprisingly resulted in morale problems in some offices. Many attorneys feel that without additional resources, they will not be able to provide competent representation to all of their clients,' a 1993 report on the Missouri system reads. 'We echo this statement in very strong terms.'” ... See MoreSee Less
Jacobie SwanepoelWell, don't put them there in the first place just to win a case. Poor people must have the same resources to fight their innocence. Judges, prosecutors and the law see it as their business to keep the prisons fully booked. All about money and power.😢
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Kent BridgePoliticians only care about voters. Convicted felons don't (or can't) vote. Generally speaking, public defenders are very bright, very motivated lawyers who are crushed by the workload. Add making 20% of your marketable salary to that workload, and you see why lawyers get bitter and turnover goes crazy