Editorial: Expert Opinion on Arbitrary Arrests

The Nakawa Grade One Magistrate, Noah Sajjabi has released on bail four more suspects accused of having masterminded the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March.
By Richard Musaazi.
In Criminology we say, all of us are capable of killing our fellow inmates with the proper motivation, the human mind is messy complicated thing driven by emotion and when emotion get higher enough the best instinct of human take over.
In my view, currently a great percentage of people locked in our prisons are actually innocent. That could mean many inmates are languishing behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit — each wondering, “How did I get here?” Why are people put away for crimes they didn’t commit? That’s the question I explore.
False confessions – There are a number of reasons people confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Sometimes they’re mentally impaired or intoxicated, or are just ignorant of the law. Or, as with Thibodeaux, they confess because torture police give them no other choice
Eyewitness identification – “There is no more powerful evidence than a sympathetic, traumatized victim pointing a finger at the defendant and saying, ‘I’m absolutely positive that, that is man who assaulted me.I will never forget his face for as long as I live”
Bad forensic science – In case after case, inaccurate forensic tests have sent innocent men and women to prison
False accusation – We know from empirical data that confessions are sometimes false.
Official misconduct – Prosecutorial misconduct includes withholding exculpatory evidence from the defence, destroying evidence, and allowing unreliable witnesses or fraudulent experts to testify. Police misconduct includes coercing false confessions, lying on the witness stand, or failing to turn over evidence to prosecutors.

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