The next time you consider saying “I’d rather be judged by 12 than be carried by 6,” or think that we have a wonderful system where you can address your grievances in court, think again.
A man in Hawaii was wrongfully imprisoned for over two years before the court finally admitted they had the wrong guy.
It started when cops arrested a man in 2017 for sleeping on a bench. The cops thought they arrested a completely different person – a man wanted for violating probation. The problem was that Mr. Wanted for Probation problems was actually incarcerated in Alaska at the time.
And he was younger that Mr Innocent. And the booking photos of both show they look nothing alike.
One would think that a basic search would have been conducted upon booking, and that fingerprints would have been taken and checked. Nope.
One would think that when Mr. innocent proclaimed to not be Mr probation problems, someone in the courtroom would have thought: maybe we should double check.
One would think that doctors at the state hospital would have a duty to confirm the person’s identity and history before treating them with anti-psychotics. Nope.
One would think that in order to prove a persons guilt, the state would have to affirmatively establish that persons identity. Nope.
And once his innocence was established, one would think there would be an actual court record… nope
This happened in America. Imagine being locked up for years because everyone refuses to double check your identity. Imagine the hell you would go through for those years.