Arrest Warrant Checks – Why Are Our Juries Being Used As A Substitute For Evidence?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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Recent technology advances in the field of forensic science have brought about a rash of convictions based on detecting suspects involved cases that have been cold for years. Most notable of these advances are in the field of DNA profiling where your DNA can be matched to that found at scenes of crimes that were committed decades ago. This, together with the alarming passion with which police officers now collect peoples DNA for entry into national computer systems, has resulted in many recent cold cases of murder and rape being tried before a judge and convictions obtained.

If you get arrested in the UK and in many parts of the USA too, then you will almost certainly have to submit to your DNA being taken and entered onto the database. You don’t have to be charged with anything for this to happen and it doesn’t matter what you were arrested for either. Once your DNA profile is on the database it will be searched for matches and if one turns up then you are in a lot of trouble whether you committed a crime or not. Remember that the police only need “probable cause” to lawfully arrest you and that can mean that they don’t have much more than suspicion.

Throw the rapists and murderers into prison

I would like to think that all of the convictions obtained in this way have been sound and we can all sit back and look on this as a job well done with more criminals behind bars. There is one recent case however, involving a friend of mine, that has given me cause to doubt this. It has in fact terrified me because it demonstrates just how easy it is for any one of us to get convicted and sent to prison for something that you did not do.

I’m sure that there are now many more bad people in prison as a result of these new technologies. You often hear of cases where the defendant had a string of prior offenses similar to the one they are currently accused of or where eye witnesses remember the person. There are also cases where factual evidence and motive lead you to believe that the guilty verdict is the right one.

But what if there is no evidence?

What if the only evidence in say a rape case, is a DNA match? At best, a DNA match proves that sex took place within 72 hours of the sample being taken. What if the defendant has no prior convictions for any offence and convincingly argues that he has no memory of committing an offence?

What if the police have already destroyed all the other evidence, including the alleged victim’s clothing and hair from bushes. Destroyed to save space in the evidence store would you believe?

What if the defendant has never been identified as the attacker by anyone and all the prosecution witnesses contradict the alleged victim on most of her account of the event? The alleged victim was an alcoholic and a drug addict. Not the most reliable of witnesses.

What would you do if you were the prosecution?

If you were responsible for the prosecution case in this instance what would you do? Would you accept that there is no evidence to suggest that the defendant is guilty of any crime? Indeed there was no real evidence that a crime was committed at all by anyone so would you drop the case or would you take it to court and expect an unqualified jury to decide? Decide on what You might ask. If there is no evidence then what is the jury supposed to do?

This could happen to you

This story might seem absurd and unbelievable to you as it did to me but this is exactly what happened to a friend of mine. The same thing could happen to you or I just as easily. He has no memory of the event which happened 16 years earlier and is quite sure that he would have remembered committing such a crime.

All 12 jurors in this case decided that he was guilty of the crime beyond all reasonable doubt. How can that happen when there is no evidence? Perhaps they assumed that if there was absolutely no proof whatsoever and the police still believe that he did it then they must know something that the jury could not be told for some legal reason. Just a theory, what do you think?

How do I avoid giving up my DNA?

My friend was forced to give up his DNA when he was arrested for a misdemeanor where no charges were brought. Regularly checking for arrest warrants is one way that you can reduce your chances of getting arrested and having your DNA sampled. You can do this inexpensively using a public records web site. If you have an outstanding arrest warrant and you give yourself in voluntarily then you are much less likely to be arrested and find yourself on the DNA register.

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Author: Steve Gee

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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The jury system is supposed to be the best form of justice that you can get. By getting 12 ordinary people to determine guilty or not guilty we protect ourselves from possible corruption within the system itself, or do we? A man was recently found guilty of a rape that happened 16 years ago, by a jury in the UK that sent him to prison for 6 years. The only problem with this is that in my opinion, there was no proof that the defendant actually committed the offence. In fact there was no evidence to prove that he was even there when the incident happened or that if he was that he attacked the woman. There was no evidence to prove that an attack even took place. So how did a jury determine that he was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt?

“How could this happen?” I hear you say. You might rightly think that the innocent have nothing to fear from the law and that it could never happen to you? Well this case shows that this just isn’t true, it could happen to you which is why it is so important that you avoid getting arrested. Checking for arrest warrants regularly is one way of reducing your risk of becoming another mistake of justice.

If you are a man you should be afraid – be very afraid

Anyone who gets arrested in the UK now must submit to the police taking a sample of their DNA for entering onto the national DNA database. Many people believe that there is now a policy of arresting people for the sole reason of collecting DNA for the database. This policy can be seen in action when people get arrested for offenses that would only have warranted a telling off from a police officer 20 years ago.

This policy of arrest to collect DNA is spreading fast in the US and it looks like it will overtake the UK database very soon. On the face of it you have nothing to worry about unless you have committed a crime but this is far from reality I’m afraid.

Does a DNA match mean that you are guilty? It seems that it does

The UK case that I am referring to was an alleged rape of a woman which happened 16 years before the defendant was arrested and his DNA taken. The DNA sample was matched to the that found on the alleged victim when she reported the incident to the police 16 years earlier.

This makes the defendant a suspect and he accepted that he must have had a one night stand with the alleged victim but he has no memory of either the event nor the woman. He was very insistent that he could not have committed this crime because he knows that he has never raped anyone. He would have remembered the event had he done so. I know that I would have.

Experts testified that the DNA sample could have been deposited at any time up to 3 days before the alleged incident. No evidence to place the defendant at the scene was produced and the defendant was never identified as the attacker. There wasn’t even any proof that there was any attack on the woman at all.

These are the only facts that are known in the case and the jury were instructed that they must find the defendant innocent if they were not absolutely certain that he committed the offence. The jury were also told that the alleged victim had claimed to be the victim of rape on 2 previous occasions, she had a drug habit and none of the prosecution witnesses could agree on vital facts.

The defendant had never before been in trouble with the police for any offence and was of good standing in the community with a partner and 2 adorable small children.

Can you trust a jury?

Why did all 12 members of the jury decide that he was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt? In my opinion they did not base their decision on the facts which was their job. Instead they voted with emotion after hearing the prosecution make up a fictitious story about how the defendant committed the offence. This story had no basis in fact at all.

Don’t get arrested on a warrant – Keep your DNA to yourself

Don’t believe the lie that the innocent have nothing to fear from the law. You and I have a lot to fear. In fact I now fear the justice system more than I fear the criminals. My advice to you is to avoid getting arrested. If they don’t collect your DNA then they can’t match you to a cold case with such ease.

Avoid the police whenever you can. Don’t let them even see you. If they can’t see you then they can’t arrest you. Check for warrants for arrest regularly and deal with them as quickly as you can. This will avoid getting arrested unexpectedly on a routine traffic stop or when the police call at your home with the warrant. You can check for arrest warrants using a public records investigations web site. The peace of mind this can give you is worth far more than the small fee that they will charge you.

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Author: Steve Gee