Those guys were lauded as heroes, for fitting up two people with limited intelligence, by planting evidence and spoon feeding a confession not supported by evidence to a special needs kid. Hudson said the cops poured a bright red substance on him as he sat in the squad car. What one hears amid the chorus of accusers is the malice of the village.
Contemporary shunning and cleansing may take new and different forms but they always retain the same heartlessness, the unacknowledged violence, the vaguely genocidal thinking.
But when former Mc Lennan County Sheriff’s Detective Roy Davis threatened them with the death penalty, Long, Shelton and Pitts signed confessions, then testifieid against Kussmaul.
Kussmaul is still in prison, and all four defendants want their innocence to be a matter of record. Prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants are persistent problems in the criminal justice system.
The other three convictions flowed from the first one.
But wait -- the most recent DNA evidence determined that the semen found on Curdy’s girdle excluded Harris – and instead matched another man in the CODIS database. In 1994, Richard Bryan Kussmaul, James Edward Long, Michael Dewayne Shelton and James Wayne Pitts Jr.
Now Price is seeking a new trial, based on extensive evidence discovered in the 25 years since his murder conviction. It would be an unusual abduction strategy for anyone, particularly for a 52-year-old grocery store manager and Barboursville, VA family man.
Present-day prosecutor Scott Ceman is opposing, claiming there is "a lot of evidence" of Price's guilt -- while admitting that . Yet despite a lack of any physical evidence tying him to the scene and despite a reported later admission by the alleged victim that her tale was “an elaborate scam,” Mark Lawrence Weiner was convicted of abduction with intent to defile and jailed for more than 2 years.
The Netflix 10-part documentary, "Making A Murderer," has cast a spotlight on the tactics used by the Manitowoc and Calumet County Sheriffs, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Div. Kratz's conduct especially galling is that he had to know he was breaching both ethical rules governing pre-trial publicity and special rules which expect an even higher duty of prosecutors in criminal cases. television film review, Lorrie Moore cuts straight to the cultural background against which Steven Avery was convicted first, of rape, and when exonerated of that charge, of murder, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, was convicted of rape and murder.
of Criminal Investigation and prosecutor Ken Kratz that reminds one of turning on a light and seeing roaches scramble for cover. These tactics worked in neighboring Outagamie County (Appleton) where Ken Hudson was convicted of murdering a jogger with a knife purchased a day later by police. Of all the shockers in the film , the most disturbing was Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz's press conference on March 2, 2006. "The entire [Avery] family is socially accused: outsiders, troublemakers, feisty, and a little dim.
It came about because the system protected the system from abject embarrassment. Police never looked at the victim's father, Marshall Morgan, Sr., who got ,000 insurance from his son's death.
The senior Morgan insured and killed two more people before he got caught, and he was still not charged in one of those murders.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since 1989 there have been 923 exonerations tied to official misconduct by prosecutors, police, or other government officials, 89 of them in cases involving the use of jailhouse snitches.