391) If this is SO, given the strong public values of avoiding convictions of innocent defendants, it makes ample sense to provide a court proceeding within which posthumous exonerations
may occur--particularly exonerations
after a defendant's death, where public values, and not a release from prison, dominate the debate.
The report also found that at least 96 convicted defendants in Chicago and Baltimore were declared innocent in group exonerations
after evidence surfaced that police officers were systematically framing people for drug crimes.
She also noted other "miracles," such as the virtual historic exoneration
of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who was allowed a hero's burial by the SC, despite the Court's own past decisions that adjudged Marcos to have acquired ill-gotten wealth throughout his reign as dictator.
She cited the bails granted to former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, who were both charged with plunder, and 'the complete exoneration
of Gloria Arroyo,' even before any trial on her plunder case was conducted by the Sandiganbayan.
Unfortunately for activists who must ultimately deflate public confidence in American justice to advance their reforms and win their exonerations
, forensic science has been a thorn in their side.
In 2016 alone, 166 exonerations
were granted in the USA.
That is, if the prosecutor is making legal decisions in year t, leaves the job in year t + 5, and any exoneration
happens on average in year t + 9 (the average indicated by the National Registry of Exonerations
' count of exonerations
and years served by those exonerated), it is perhaps unlikely that future payments influence the prosecutor's decisions.
FALSE CONFESSIONS played a role in 31% of post-conviction DNA exoneration
DNA testing later proved that Cage was not a match to the findings of the rape kit, which led to his exoneration
24) More so than at any other time, the steady drumbeat of post-conviction DNA exonerations
in the 1990s and 2000s (and the sustained media attention they received) convinced policymakers, journalists, and the American public that the problem of wrongful convictions in American was both a reality and a nightmare for hundreds, perhaps tens of thousands, (25) of innocent men and women in America.
Of the total known exonerations
in 2014, more than half were obtained at the initiative or with the cooperation of law enforcement - the highest number in a single year, the report found.
aspects of the exonerations
and their potential links to