The banging of the gavel is supposed to be the end. The final sentence. But what if it's wrong? How is justice served?
Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Michael Jordan's father, James Jordan, in 1993, still maintains that he was falsely accused and wrongly convicted of the man's death. Green has renewed his quest for a new trial or dismissal of his murder and armed robbery convictions with a request to the State Bureau of Investigation for information about blood tests related to his case.
A blood analyst who worked for the State Bureau of Investigation when Mike Peterson was brought to trial on murder charges in 2001 may be the key to Peterson's request for a new, fair trial. Peterson was convicted of the murder in 2003, but his conviction was set aside in 2011 because of false testimony offered by a witness for the state.
This story seems to fit fairly well with our theme of the power of a sex offense allegation: before a conviction, even before criminal charges are filed, a person accused of committing a sex offense is facing an uphill battle. The consequences of a sex offense allegation often seem just as bad as the consequences of a conviction, despite the two being worlds apart, at least in the world of criminal defense.
After 12 years in prison on a 43-year sentence for sex offenses and murder charges, Derrick Michael Allen was set free by Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and local prosecutors had failed to disclose crucial details of blood tests related to evidence In Allen's case, according to the Judge, requiring dismissal.
Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky insists that he is innocent despite a jury finding him guilty on 45 of 48 counts of sex offenses against 10 boys over the course of 15 years. Sixty-eight-year-old Sandusky is now in jail, awaiting sentencing. He was placed on suicide watch and held away from other prisoners while awaiting a psychological review.
An error at trial lead to an appeal and new trial for 56-year-old Robert Gray of Kings Mountain. Originally convicted of first degree sexual offense of a minor and indecent liberties with a minor, Gray was facing over 25 years in prison.