Questionable Interrogations

1634 WordsJun 16, 20187 Pages
In the Criminal Justice system, the main goal is justice or in other words, a fair consequence to match a criminal action. An obvious, yet unmentioned underlying goal is to prevent injustice. Many times, justice prevails, and this is why our system prevails today. However, when justice fails, it is key to look at the information offered in order to better the system and to repay those that have been failed by it. One area that has shown itself as flawed is the area of interrogations though many other areas will be presented throughout this paper as well. By examining five cases involving questionable interrogation and showing other system flaws, I will enlighten others as to how our justice system handles its flaws, and hopefully I will…show more content…
Clemons claims that he was beaten into a confession of rape, and a judge sent Clemons to a hospital upon his arrival at arraignment where he was noted as having serious injuries (McClure, 2012). There was no physical evidence against Clemons, nor was there DNA evidence (Stack, 2012). The prosecutor was also reprimanded for the judge during the trial for many unprofessional tactics (Stack, 2012). Clemons is not free, but he has requested clemency (McClure, 2012). Based on the support from many organizations and university students for this man, a bill to abolish the death penalty in Missouri has gained momentum for the first time ever in this state (McClure, 2012). Reggie Clemons highlights a flaw within another area of the criminal justice system, which is the use of the death penalty in a case where no hard evidence has been found. The fact that a judge sent Clemons to a hospital after he showed up in court claiming police beat him into confession, and yet the validity of his confession was not properly assessed explains another failure in the system. The court system may very well be too overwhelmed to follow through even in the interest of justice. The fact that these cases involving questionable interrogation and mishandling within the system continue to turn up in the years following this case, shows the lack of follow through and change within the system. In 1998, Michael Crowe was accused by the police of killing his sister, Stephanie (Sauer &
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