Famous historical miscarriages of justice
Notorious failures of the criminal justice system
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A miscarriage of justice is defined as a wrong or unfair decision made by a court, as a result of which an innocent person is punished. There are several contributing factors for a miscarriage of justice, among them faulty forensic analysis, false confessions, lies stated by witnesses, and misconduct by police, prosecutors, or judges. Examples of cases where a convicted individual was later cleared of the crime and either has received an official exoneration or pardon, or where a conviction has been quashed and no retrial has taken place, can actually be traced back to antiquity. But some of the more notorious miscarriages of justice are far more recent.
Click through and be concerned by these failures of the criminal justice system.
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