As previously discussed, the Justice System is full of examples of technology advancements being used against individuals. However, the converse is also true as demonstrated in a recent Wayne County case. Recently, two Michigan brothers were released on bond after spending almost 25 years in prison for first degree murder. The Highers brothers always maintained their innocence throughout their trial and subsequent conviction. It finally took a Facebook post over two decades later for the brothers to experience the freedom that appears to have been wrongly taken away from them.
National research has revealed that Michigan public defenders cannot fill the duties imposed by the Sixth Amendment that are owed to defendant's who cannot afford an attorney, due to the lack of resources, skills, and necessary tools. The American Bar Association has identified required principles that the public defense system must meet to conform with the requirements of the Sixth Amendment. Recent reports show that Michigan is failing on many, if not all of these principles.
We have all heard on tv and movies the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt," but who really knows what it is? Beyond a reasonable doubt isn't just the standard that defense attorneys rattle off during a jury trial, it's the core of the American criminal justice system.
In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, Mr. Freeman commented on the Bianca Jones disappearance. The two-year old Bianca Jones is presumed dead after being missing since December. Her father, D'Andre Lane, has been arraigned on violent crime and first-degree child abuse charges in his daughter's disappearance. This development has brought up questions in the prosecution's case because Bianca's body has not been recovered.
Mr. Freeman was interviewed by CBS Radio in New York and the Detroit Free Press after the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, plead guilty to eight charges that will send him to prison for life.
Whether you are on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, law enforcement agencies are focusing on social media as a source for criminal activity. The NYPD has implemented a new social media unit to track leads and suspicious activity on sites such as Facebook. They look for things such as out-of-control house parties and unsolved crime. Law enforcement has found that people tend to brag about criminal activity through Facebook posts and Tweets.
Just a few miles may make a difference on whether you are sent to jail or on probation for a first-time drunk driving offense.
In the distressed economic status of our state, some local governments are trying desperately to increase revenue. Local governments such as Wayne, Oakland, and St. Clair counties charge inmates $60 per day while they serve time in county jails. Yes, that's $60.00 per day to stay in an overcrowded jail!
Last week, the controversial Detroit shooting from 2009 finally came to a close. But was justice done?
A recent Detroit Free Press article reported that despite the economic woes of 2010, the feds were busying racking up a record $6.64 billion in criminal and civil collections this year, compared to $4.6 billion in 2009. According to the government, the increase was due to various large criminal restitution cases as well as large health care fraud cases.