A Double Homicide and 170 Years in Prison at Age 13

“In the USA, people under 18 years old cannot vote, buy alcohol, lottery tickets or consent to most forms of medical treatment but they can be sentenced to die in prison for their actions” Natacha Mension, Amnesty International  On the 18th August 1987 in Indianapolis, USA, two young boys, 15 year old Sean Lamont Rowe and…

Shaken Baby Syndrome

“Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is one of the few instances in the criminal justice system where the diagnosis is the basis for prosecution” Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious brain injury caused by someone forcefully and violently shaking a baby. This is a form of child abuse which can lead to severe brain damage. SBS…

Skylar Neese and the Amber Alert

“We really did go on three” Shelia Eddy via Twitter Skylar Neese was born on the 10th February 1996 in Star City, West Virginia, USA. Neese was the only child of Mary and Dave Neese who doted on their little girl. Skylar went on to be an honours student at University High School, where she was…

909 Cult Members Dead in the Jonestown Massacre

“Everyone, including the children, was told to line up. As we passed through the line, we were given a small glass of red liquid to drink. We were told that the liquid contained poison and that we would die within 45 minutes. We all did as we were told. When the time came when we…

HIV Transmission- Intention or Recklessness?

“Daryll Rowe was consistent in lying to his victims about having HIV, he was persistent and aggressive in wanting unprotected sex in order to infect people, and when he didn’t get what he wanted, he deliberately damaged condoms to achieve his aim” Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of Sussex Police  After a two year police investigation and…

Heaven’s Gate, the Psychology of Cults

“In some respects, the destructive effects of cult conversions amount to a new disease in an era of psychological manipulation” John G. Clark Jr, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard University Medical School I’ll admit this post is not about wrongful conviction or a specific area of law but I was intrigued upon hearing…

West Memphis 3

“For 18 years I hadn’t walked without chains, so when I came out I would trip over my feet” Damien Echols  This story is one that shocked me. A miscarriage of justice from the United States of America, it involves three men who, while teenagers, were tried and convicted in 1994 of the 1993 murders of…

Kalief Browder

“People tell me because I have this case against the city I’m alright. But I’m not alright. I’m messed up. I know that I might see some money from this case, but that’s not going to help me mentally. I’m mentally scarred right now. That’s how I feel. Because there are certain things that changed…

Exoneration Compensation

“There is no question that when an innocent person has had his life stripped from him only to endure the horror of prison, justice demands that the individual be compensated for the harm suffered. States should adequately and promptly provide justice and restoration to the wrongly convicted through a standard, navigable and just process” Innocence Project…

Exoneration I: Mr George Stinney Jr

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it” Malcolm X This is a new segment which I aim to do regularly, taking the time to focus on and explore exoneration stories. A podcast which has inspired me is ‘Actual Innocence’ (I highly recommend…

“They Were Asking For It!”

“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens” Judith Lewis Herman, ‘Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence- From Domestic Abuse…