This 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