Is it really Innocent until Proven Guilty?
Isn’t that supposed to be how the legal system or justice system works in the United States, Innocent until Proven Guilty? But really how many times have you heard of someone sitting in jail for years, only to be found out after years that they are truly innocent? So should the mantra really be “Guilty or placed into jail, until we decide whether you are innocent” in these cases? Or perhaps “We are not sure if you’re guilty, but we will place you in jail until you prove you are innocent”?
“Although the Constitution of the United States does not cite it explicitly, presumption of innocence is widely held to follow from the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments.”
The sad fact is that sometimes this really does happen and a person who is innocent will be accused wrongly for something another person did. In fact there is a current case that is going on right now; it’s not a national case, but a local case and not known to many people. It’s a classic we think your guilty case, and the rules seemed to perhaps be going out the window yet again. For a list of 10 criminals who were found innocent after they were killed follow this link http://www.popcrunch.com/10-notorious-criminals-proven-innocent-after-execution/. Amazing as it is, it just shows that something may in fact be wrong with the justice system.
It’s a fraud case and deals with the theft of a credit card and some $1,400 dollars from an ATM and other charges*. First off there were pictures to this case that were taken from the ATM of the bank where a lot of the money was taken out from. Those pictures after being looked at were something that would prove there were two different people who used the card to remove money. Yes two completely different people who looked a bit alike, but not close enough to say they were the same person.
So yet even though two people were noticed on several different pictures at different times, they wanted to only blame one person. This person happened to be my own son and I saw the pictures myself. The first person had the same hair color as my sons, but sorry to say he was way too skinny to even be my son. But it was the second picture that looked a bit more like him, though a bit too fat. That second person had a hat on so you couldn’t see the hair or even the eyes; the hat was too big and hung quite low.
However, a bank employee supposedly identified my son via a photo id, funny how could they really identify him? So moving on, now it was in the hands of the police, because we reported this crime and it was a crime. A duplicate card had been made and used to steal money without our knowledge; it was not something we had planned like the bank seemed to be trying to say to us.
The officer who called us said that the bank employee had identified my son with that photo id again. So they wanted to know what we thought and if we would take a polygraph whether we felt it was him or not. Very odd I’ve never heard of the victim having to take a polygraph before, but well again we are looking at a case that may not be innocent until proven guilty.
After the officer was told no we would not take a polygraph, the phone disconnected a bit after that. On trying to call her back I got a machine and left a message, still 3 days later and no call back. I guess the fact that I had questioned her work and whether she was really trying to find the real people involved might have hit a note. Or maybe they are just busy trying to figure out how to charge an innocent person of the crime still.
*Due to this case still being active names and places cannot be listed.
Christine Tanner, “Is Your Money really Safe at TBFCU.” Associated Content.