The Problem Of Innocent Death Row Inmates

1043 Words Jul 20th, 2015 5 Pages
The first thing that used to run through my mind when I heard that someone had been sentenced to death was the word: guilty. David Wayne Spence and David Junior Brown are only a few of the many that were executed by the judicial system, and later found innocent. There is no way to truly know how many innocent people were executed; because once an execution is carried out most cases are shut. Could a fabricated eye witness testimony play a role in a defendant receiving capital punishment? I know race does. I want to become a forensic psychologist, and a part of my job will be assisting judges with sentences in the court room. There is this question that has been bothering me for awhile now, and I would like to know, how has the United States judicial system addressed the problem of innocent death-row inmates being executed? I do not support the death penalty mainly because of the imperfections within the system that has caused innocent citizens on death-row to be falsely convicted and executed. No nation is perfect, but this has occurred on more than one occasion. This system needs to be studied and resolved so this does not happen again. In 1984, an innocent man named David Wayne Spence faced charges for the capital murders of three teenagers. Unfortunately, he was convicted of all charges, sentenced to death, and executed on April 3, 1997 (Mills, Armstrong, and Holt).
According to criminal journalist William Kreutner, there was no type of physical evidence that…

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