A properly conducted case evaluation could mean the world to an innocent prisoner. This is not an assumption. I’m speaking from experience! The sort of case evaluation I am talking about a thorough review of the overall facts and evidence in a particular criminal case. Sadly, many criminal defense attorneys do not vet these cases because the system is set up largely for the accused individual to “snatch out” as it is referred to in the system.
Not many cases go to trial in our judicial system. This is so particularly for Public Defender clients and criminal defendants who are too wealthy to be appointed a public defender and too poor to pay their attorneys to even agree – in many cases – to trying your case.
And these are the “ethical” attorneys I am referring to that inform you in the beginning that you are basically retaining them to settle your case out of court. But in the case of the wrongly convicted, many of these individuals fit in the category above. They were either represented by a “underfunded” Public Defender System or to broke to go to trial.
When a person falls under one of the above categories usually the evidence in the persons case has not been thoroughly vetted. The wrongly convicted person’s story hasn’t been heard! I speak to prisoners and family members every day that tell me “horror stories.” Many of their stories reflect what I have said above and they simply want their cases vetted.
Many of the individuals we service come to us because they can have their cases reviewed within a three to six month period, and usually they have been turned away from the other innocence agencies who usually have a strict criteria for review and very long waiting lines of inmates seeking help. These inmates understand the value of a thorough case evaluation. They call us seeking just that!
Innocents understand the value of a thoroughly case review. Why? Because the wrongfully convicted person was made to look guilty. We know the evidence was false. We know where we were. We know what we did the night of the crime. Who we were with and how this fact can be proven. We know what witnesses were lying in court. Which witnesses simply stretched their stories to further indict us.
However, what good does it do the wrongly convicted person to know these things if he cannot prove them? What good does it do for you to be innocent if your attorney does not believe you and simply doesn’t vet the evidence in your case? How can you be exonerated when your lawyer never adequately investigated, vetted evidence including your story and developed a strategy to combat the wrongly convicted narrative enveloping you???
The reality is that most criminal defendants can’t and as a result, we have a rising number of wrongful convictions. The problem is epidemic and the help is scarce. People incarcerated fighting their cases know this fact and reach out for help getting their cases reviewed in hopes of proving their innocence.
The adverage innocent doesn’t care who reviews his case! He knows in his or her heart that “ANYBODY that reviews my case will know I didn’t do it!” This is the thinking in his head – was always the thinking in mine. It simplys isn’t enough for you to know; you have to get someone else to believe!
And to do that the innocent knows to that it takes reading through everything. This means sometimes many thousands of documents with scatters clues all over. It is a tedious task, a task tha many simply do not have the patiences or knowledge to do, and others simply do not have the time. So, all many innocent inmates are left with is a story in their heads with no way to convey them.
This is where my value as a “sentence mitigator” lies… I have seen it all, heard it all and, unfortunately, been through it all!!! I understand how the courts work because I’ve navigated them. For 20 years I have Followed the appellate court system like people Follow friends and Pages on Facebook and Twitter. What I know, some of it, has come from reading law books, legal journals, articles, conducting lega research, working in a criminal defense law firm, etc. But really what I do count as my curse has become my blessing and that is the experience I have in the legal field as an active participant.
In the prison system I was what was euphemistically considered a “conscious” prisoner. My Aunt Sharon use to always tell me after every phone call, “Do the time and don’t let the time do you.” I took this to heart so I was not simply languishing in prison. I learned and studied the system because I knew that if I’d ever regain my freedom, it would take me staying on top of my case.
I had to take my fate in my own hand. I’d trusted the attorneys and they failed me. I had to believe in God and myself, my family. After all my appeals were exhausted and consequently, money depleted, that’s all I had. Myself and my family was my only hope. Problem was, my family had responsibilities, work, school, etc. None of them ever had time to review my case, though they believed and knew I was innocent. Like most families of the incarcerated, all they know to do is to wait until they can save up the money to retain an attorney or hope for a innocence agency to evaluate the case, many waiting a minimum of 6-8 years for a case review.
We offer this service to inmates and family’s needing seeking justice. We can help by providing our Case Evaluation service.
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