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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Convictions of the Innocent Reach All Time High - CNN

According to this CNN article, in 2015 there were 149 exonerations of innocent people convicted of crimes they didn't commit:

Even more troubling is the conclusion of the report that these exonerations are just the cases that have been caught and corrected.  But that:

"By any reasonable accounting, there are tens of thousands of false convictions each year across the country, and many more that have accumulated over the decades"

When considering this report in the context of the recent outcome-seeking changes to the military justice system - in which politicians from both parties, and the President, have sacrificed the goal of fairness for improved prosecution statistics - you have to believe that innocent military members caught up in this system have been convicted, jailed, and had their futures ruined in the name of political correctness.  After all, who cares about fairness for an accused?  If an allegation has been made, it must be true...right? 

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By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank J. Spinner and I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law and military justice. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens and The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in Northern Florida (Pensacola, Ft Walton, Destin, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Panama City, Tyndall AFB areas) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (FT Carson, Peterson AFB, Air Force Academy, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Buckley AFB areas), but our military defense law practices are worldwide – we travel to wherever our clients are stationed or serving and need us.