National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

False Accusations, Innocent People, and Plea Bargains

From time to time, you will find some posts here that concern problems that are not directly related to police misconduct.  This report concerns a young man who was falsely accused of rape.  On the advice of counsel, the young man pled guilty and went to prison.  Luckily for him, he was able to expose his accuser’s lie on videotape.

There are many problems with plea bargaining — one is that it extorts guilty pleas from the innocent.  Another, not at issue in the above case,  is that police misconduct escapes scrutiny because it does not come to light since there is no trial.  More here.

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