Top Wrongful Convictions – #3 Hannah Overton

hannahfreeThis is the third in a series of short posts, my personal “top” wrongful convictions.

The purpose is to explain that “you may be wrong”.

Remember that in every wrongful conviction, a jury is fooled into believing the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Every wrongful conviction has a cause, sometimes there are multiple causes.

I have chosen the case of Hannah Overton as #3.

Hannah was (thankfully!) exonerated on April 8th, 2015.

My view of the causes:

  • Medical staff mistook the effects of salt poisoning for neglect
  • The prosecutor was an alcoholic, with a “win at all costs” attitude
  • Exculpatory evidence was suppressed
  • The judge was negligent

For more see here, here and here.

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