Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'One out of Five Known Exonerations is for a Crime that Never Happened'

Original Article

11/13/2013

Here's a fascinating tidbit from the latest newsletter of the National Exonerations Registry with the same title as the headline of this post:

In most known exonerations, the wrong person was convicted of a crime that did occur. In a rapidly growing minority, however, the defendant was convicted of a crime that never happened – such as the recent exoneration of Jacob Trakhtenberg (profiled below).

No-Crime Exonerations by Type of Crime
No-Crime cases now account for 22% of known exonerations. The largest numbers occur among child sex abuse cases (109), followed by homicides (39), adult sexual assaults (34) and drug cases (28).

But exonerations for homicide and sexual assault are far more common than those for child sex abuse and drug crimes. If we consider No-Crime exonerations as a proportion of all cases, we see a very different picture: They account for three quarters of child sex abuse exonerations, just over half of the drug cases, but only small minorities of exonerations for homicide or sexual assault.



Causes of No-Crime Exonerations
No-Crime exonerations are most common in cases where the occurrence of a crime can be faked by a single person – most often the alleged victim.


2 comments :

Eric A said...

This is just another example of David Slane's grandstanding. I am one of those effected by this law. Several years ago, I received a solicitation from him and discussed my case with him. I also discussed it with the detectives at the Oklahoma City PD who advised me that if/when the Supreme Court overturned the law, those impacted by it would get their term of registration revised automatically. Since my original 10-year term of registration did not expire until 2014, I decided to wait and see.


Then, sure enough, when the law was overturned, I received a letter (now months ago) from the department of corrections advising me that my term of registration has been changed from 25 years back to 10 years and would expire in April, 2014.



How sad that David Slane would exploit sex offenders in this way. He is to be commended in taking this case all the way to the OK Supreme Court, but now he needs to move on and stop using scare tactics on those who are already being so abused by the system.


I do not know if all those entitled to relief from this court decision have been notified, but it does NOT require the assistance of an attorney to get your term of registration corrected if you are entitled to it.

Kim Marshall said...

I'm very glad that you had no issues with your registration time going back down. Unfortunately that seems to be the exception and not the rule around the people I know on the registry anyway. My fiance for one and several people I know online have all had issues with their local authorities dragging their feet or being out right hostile at the idea of lowering the time back to the 10 years or not being on the registry at all for some. Its sad.