1. Mistaken Identity
According to statistics from wikipedia.com, over 75% of the cases of DNA exonerations involved mistaken eyewitness identification. Note that is over 50%. Can you imagine how the person that was mistakenly identified felt? Those that have been mistakenly identified knew in their hearts that they were innocent, but it appeared to others that they were guilty. Sometimes there are those that resemble each other so closely that they look like twins. Just think about those that were sentenced to death for being false accused before DNA was ever introduced to the courts.
It is so important to get all of the facts, not just some or part of the facts. It is important to base decisions on facts rather than your biases or how you feel. I once served jury duty. Myself and several others questioned why the case was just coming to the courts after about 10 years which is a long time. It was explained that at the time of a rape there may not have been enough evidence to prosecute, but when DNA testing was introduced it help to identify without a doubt whether or not the accused was actually the perpetrator. With the DNA testing the courts could go back several years from the evidence that had been stored and identify if there was a match. So it eliminated many of the doubts that the perpetrator was falsely accused. No one likes to be falsely accused.
3. Falsely Accused
Have you ever falsely accused someone in your heart? You were just so sure that they took something of yours? You were so sure that they were the ones that gossiped about you. You were just sure that they did it. There was no doubt in your mind. Only later, you found out it indeed was not the person you thought. You discovered it was someone else. Just think if you had openly confronted that person and discovered later that that person was innocent. Once something like this happens it can damage or change a relationship in negative ways, because of trust issues, hurt feelings, and painful memories.
4. Innocent until proven guilty.
Is that really true? There are times that the media might raise the question “Can this person be guilty?” The media can influence your feelings regarding the innocence of a person. The media can print and voice to you their opinions, while leaving out other opinions. Either way you still see and hear what the media tells you. It is up to you to decide is it truth or just opinion. Did this action really occur? You may think to yourself, ” Is this person really guilty?” “Is the media just raising questions of what might have happened?”