State Considers New Approach to Uncovering Wrongful Convictions

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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As state officials wind up a five-year effort to try to identify wrongly convicted individuals in Connecticut, there is talk of creating a permanent "public integrity unit" to review innocence claims made by inmates.

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  • Kimberly A. Campbell

    Federal Rules of Evidence
    Judicial Notice of Adjudicative Facts
    Rule 201
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    Innocent accused sometimes lose years from their lives serving unnecessary and factually dangerous time in local jails, even when their cases are dismissed by a court months later. These fully protected United States citizens are often whistle-blowers or even in some cases law students that are specifically targeted by local police solicited to carry out such character smears to discredit a potential competent witness able to stand trial and provide credible testimony which could lead to prosecution.

    In more serious situations, these cases of malice are serially acted against the individual for the purpose to utterly destroy their lives, leaving no ability to recover financially or to be adequately shielded from police brutality or violence.

    Certainly, such cases compel internal and external investigations since it is apparent that a very serious civil rights injustice occurred during some phase of the procedural processes.

    Cases involving fabricated charges, wrongful arrest or faulty criminal convictions are not always felonies and do not always result in convictions, but such characters smears can ruin the lives of decent and contributing members of society that otherwise would experience no such damage to their reputations.

    So much more serious are situations where there is no evidence of reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or the claimed warrant was never valid. It is the act of taking an innocent person into custody without proof of valid and descriptive warrant obtained under oath and signed by a judge that a true civil rights intrusion occurs.

    During these highly charged political years and leading up to the next presidential election in 2016, and where such behavior is sometimes shockingly adopted under a malicious intent to incarcerate those that may have certain legal knowledge of corruption so as to suppress or conceal ethical problems in a political candidate - these cases bear sufficiency to withstand particularized judicial notice or discretionary jury instruction available for some criminal cases.

  • BillBoy Baggins

    The false testimony of those who are politically connected or connected to the local PD through family members, will get you wrongfully convicted, too.

  • Trish Hayn

    It starts with the police doing the interrogation. This is a recipe for "wrongful conviction in the State of Conn. No Miranda Rights-No lawyer because you didn‘t ask properly-forced to sign statement-missing video minutes-Prosecutor who only cares about "confession", false or not, passed polygraph, three Judges, mix with threats from prosecutor, do not attempt suppression motions, any pleas will be taken off table, Little to no investigation. Add in threat of 20-25 if you go to trial. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said, "If the police have to use deceit and trickery, there is something seriously wrong with our judicial system." Well I am telling you that there is something seriously wrong with our judicial system. My husband will be sentenced this Aug. 7 for the crime of arson 3rd degree. I know everyone says they are not guilty. Justice is for the rich.

  • William Doriss

    I am a wrongfully convicted defendant in the corrupt State of CONnecticut. The State hit me with 13 criminal charges, including nine felony counts, and 69 years prison. Using two overworked and underpaid Public Pretenders, we beat all but two misdemeanors. These were "engineered" by the Court itself thru false and misleading instructions to the jury. The FemiNazi lady judge instructed the jury that it "need not consider intent" when deliberating the charges.
    Well, guess what? The words "with intent" were embedded in the middle of the statute which the jury apparently never saw.
    The State threw the book at me, hoping that some of their absurd and ridiculous charges would stick. Two of them did. I am totally innocent of all charges. I told the Court, "This charges are ridiculous; they‘re false, and they are untrue." It‘s in the transcript, which no one has read in twelve years.
    So my question is, How do I get my convictions overturned and the record corrected?
    Answer: Never; it is impossible, because the corrupt State of CONnecticut will not allow it. You are only interested in murder, rape, child porn and DNA case. Lots of false convictions never get reported and go under the wire. Trust me!
    I am a CT native with a doctor‘s degree, an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. armed forces. I have children and grandchildren. Every single male member of my family has served this country, many of them WWII vets no longer with us. This is ridiculous; I sought political asylum in another, neighboring state. So far, so good. Pretty soon, I will be 70 years old, but my life, my business and many of my family and professional relationships have been destroyed.
    Finally, I took my Chapter 1983 civil rights lawsuit against the City of New Haven and State of CONnecticut to the U.S. Supreme Court. My case was docketed, pro se, but denied cert. Scru U! The State of CT is a veritable Bermuda Triangle of the (Legal) Mind, as posted by me on some of the most widely read legal blogs out there.
    Finally, finally... if they want to nail you, they‘re gonna nail you. It is a "police state"..., get your facts straight. There is plenty of literature out there for those who are truly interested.

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