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L. A. Sheriff’s Dept. Misconduct Claims Jump From $5.6 to $50.9 Million 

In an article in the Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2017, Richard Winton reported that L.A. County payouts for legal claims against the L.A. Sheriff’s Department to victims of crimes by its officers has jumped from $5.6 annually to nearly $51 million in 2016.

 

In the article, Winton points out that the judgments and settlements often involved allegations of serious misconduct against L.A. law enforcement officers, including sexual assault, excessive force, shooting unarmed suspects and wrongful imprisonment.

 

The outrage of such massive amounts of taxpayer funds going to correct injustices in a system that can ill afford such waste is unconscionable.

 

At Justice on Trial, we are primarily concerned with wrongful convictions since, aside from the grave injustice to the person wrongly imprisoned for years, sometimes decades, and the gross waste of taxpayers’ funds, is the sad fact that the persons who committed the crimes go unpunished and are free to commit other crimes. The Innocence Project is now working on its 350th exoneration, some off of death row, with 150 alternative perpetrators identified.

 

 

For the complete story on L.A.S.D. payouts to victims of misconduct, click here to go to the Los Angeles Times

Justice on Trial

THE CSI EFFECT:John Bradley, Managing Director of Justice On Trial since  2002, makes the point of how critically broken the American justice system is. The non-profit advocacy organization for the wrongfully accused has adopted as its motto, a statement by former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in the belief that exposure of corruption in the media is the best way to “disinfect” malfeasance where it exists. 

 

“Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” Justice on Trial, a non-profit advocacy organization, has been assisting wrongfully convicted persons for more than 15 years. Through the efforts of advocacies around the country like  the Innocence Project  and Justice on Trial, record numbers of wrongful convictions have been overturned.  

 

Currently, Justice on Trial is working on the Mickey Thompson Murders case. Michael Goodwin, convicted in 2007 of the 1988 murders of 1988 murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson, claims innocence and there is now ample evidence of a fatally flawed trial.  The lead investigator has been under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. 

 

Read more about this promising national trend:

 FALSE CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED 

NBC REPORT ON FALSE CONVICTIONS

FOR THE FIRST TIME, A PROSECUTOR IS PUNISHED AND JAILED FOR WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE IN MURDER CASE

THE CSI EFFECT:Ken Anderson, a former Texas prosecutor, who later became a judge, agreed to serve nine days in jail and surrender his law license Friday for withholding evidence in his prosecution of a man who was exonerated in 2011 after serving 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder. The hearing took place at the same courthouse north of Austin where Ken Anderson once heard cases as a district court judge.           read more


MICHAEL GOODWIN CLAIMS INNOCENCE.

Michael F. Goodwin, convicted of the 1988 murders of off-road racing legend Mickey THE CSI EFFECT:Thompson is asking the question, “Does anyone know, or care, who really killed Mickey Thompson?” Goodwin stated from his cell at R.J. Donovan State Prison, where he’s serving two life sentences without possibility of parole, “Prosecutors never connected me to the murders because I had nothing to do with them.” Goodwin has always maintained his innocence and his conviction was a surprise to many legal professionals familiar with the case. Regarding the prosecutors’ assertion of who the shooters were, Goodwin says, “If they caught and questioned the actual shooters, it would be obvious that I was not involved. The D.A. alleged that the shooters were two African Americans and, following my wrongful conviction, they promised to pursue the killers but have not, because they can’t be certain that the shooters were Black. In interviews at the time of the murders, every witness stated that the shooters were White.”   read more


 4% + OF THOSE SENT TO DEATH ROW ARE INNOCENT.

The 4 percent figure is a conservative estimate, the researchers say in a study published Monday. Some of the innocent on death row are exonerated and freed, but not all, the study says.  At least four percent of death sentences in the US send an innocent person to death row, according to new research published Monday in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some of those people are exonerated and freed – but not all of them, the researchers report.  The study follows a broader report earlier this year that found that a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in 2013, suggesting that innocent people go to prison far more often than had been thought.  The study authors found that over a 31-year period, 1.6 percent of inmates sentenced to death were exonerated and freed. Of the remaining innocent inmates, some see their sentences reduced to life in prison, while others are executed, the authors say. read more
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PROSECUTOR MISCONDUCT LIKE THAT IN MICKEY THOMPSON MURDER CASE A NATIONAL PROBLEM.

For 15 years, Justice on Trial has been an advocacy for the wrongfully accused.  The non-profit advocacy organization is proud to report that, working with several attorneys in 2004, was  instrumental in having the double murder charges against Michael Goodwin dismissed by California’s 4th Appellate District Court.

 

Michael Goodwin, the creator of the sport of Supercross, had been charged in 2001 with the 1988 murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife.  Working with Goodwin, attorneys and legal professionals, Justice on Trial was able to show that the prosecutor’s lead evidence was false, causing the Orange County District Attorney to drop that evidence. The Appellate Court dismissed the case and admonished the District Attorney for ever having brought charges in Orange County.

 

Although Los Angeles repeatedly decline to prosecute Goodwin because of “insufficiency of evidence,” the D.A. there was somehow persuaded to file charges against Goodwin before he could be released from the Orange County jail in 2004. Goodwin has always claimed innocence and there has never been any evidence connecting him with the murders in any way.

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JUSTICE OUT OF ORDER.

You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order” Al Pacino, as attorney Arthur Kirkland, in the 1979 film, “…And Justice For All,” tells the judge and courtroom.That was thirty years ago; now, in any courtroom in the country, Pacino would be more correct in adding, “…the whole SYSTEM is out of order!.” America must be doing some things right, though, since we imprison more than any country, where such records are available, on the planet. Per 100,000 in population, the U.S. puts away more than 700 while most other countries have imprisonment rates under 200. Even China has only 117 per 100,000; India only 29; Canada, 116; Mexico,169.  The American Justice System has become the most efficient conviction machine in the known universe.

 

All those within the justice system, from law enforcement to those in the highest justice offices, are elected, appointed, advanced, ranked, paid, based on number of convictions. Convictions are the currency of justice. Too many acquittals translates to “soft on crime.”

 

At the core of the system is the trial, by judge or jury.  Conceived as a forum to to dole out justice to seekers of truth, the trial has morphed into a diabolical arena of conflict, where anything goes.  read more

 

 

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