This should never have happened. According to their attorney, the family decided to settle for various reasons, including concerns about how long the case would drag on and the difficulty in proving the case under federal civil rights law. Butler had been identified as the killer by the victim's husband and later confessed. No one, in my opinion, gives much thought into viewing a film such as a documentary. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Butler not guilty; one juror later cited the testimony about the interrogation as one of the key factors in their decision.
Tom Dudley and Edwin Stephens. The grand jury investigation criticized the prosecutor and police for their handling of the case but found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Saturday night my mom gave us a bath in preparation for a perfect Sunday. Together with a small group of friends, Lisa Bendsen finds clues of the far reaching plans of a secret society. The shops are all dark inside and the gold colored titles of the businesses are all unreadable. If convicted, Butler might have spent the rest of his life in prison. I give that a six.
And were it not for the diligence of his public defender, he might still be there. Since then, Glover has met with Shorstein on the issue and more meetings are planned in coming weeks, Mackesy said. Later, the case came into the hands of a lawyer, Patrick McGuinness. Butler's attorneys said the problem could be eliminated if police taped confessions. Too bad they embrace policies that ensnare youths in a net fashioned more for revenge than justice. And just when he appears to have lost his train of thought, he gently lobs a conclusion.
There are no apparent flaws that I can see that would need correcting. The police interrogated Butler for twelve hours and persuaded him forcefully to sign a false confession where he admitted having committed the murder. The film directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade brilliantly depicts the Brenton Butler case, when an innocent black American 15-year old boy was falsely accused of the murder he never committed. Because that would be unheard of. The true criminal, Juan Curtis, had committed many other crimes and had been arrested previously, whereas Brenton Butler had never even been in trouble before. They argued in a fact: better that one should die so that three could survive.
He and his parents showed that character is more than just conservative code. This is something that should have been considered during the investigation. However I believe there are certainly some cases or circumstances under which we often find ourselves re-examining our belief and question ourselves whether or not murder is the right thing to do. Eager to solve the case swiftly, the police sought out to target black males in the area. We went to bed very happy with all the attention we got that day from our parents.
In addition, the fact that the criminal justice system relies heavily on eye witnesses for the prosecution of the accused made feel sorry for the defendant who are actually innocent. Stephens hand over her purse. Everyone in Hawaii was worried about the Japanese coming, but Lt. Mary Stephens is an elderly white female tourist that is shot and killed by a black assailant in Jacksonville Florida. Stephens gets shot in the head before her husband. That example is Brenton Butler and his parents.
However, in 2004 appeals court found that the exclusion of the confession denied Curtis' constitutional right to a fair trial, and granted a retrial. They are the first line of defense in the United States against the wrongful conviction of the innocent. Sunday morning John pulled his car into the marina parking area and followed the smiling young hostess who led him to the table he had reserved. In the readings, I've also learned that there tends to be a correlation between the criminals that commit major crimes and chronic offenders. Butler gets interviewed by an intimidating police officer, Michael Glover, son of Sheriff of Jacksonville. It is my true opinion that the public defense attorney went above and beyond the call of duty to prove his case.
A murdered man with a list of names in his hands. . That's very often when all the stops come out and the worst forms of combat are displayed. You aren't with a lady are you? One quiet morning in Denmark, Lisa Bendsen finds the body of a brutally murdered man. Although they may not be guilty, simply fitting the description well enough to become a suspect seems to be enough these days for prosecution. There was no physical evidence linking the teen to the crime, no blood on his clothes, no gunpowder residue on his hands and no gun. Before long, all of Hawaii was under martial law, which meant that the military took over the government.
Brenton Leonard Butler Decided November 21, 2000 ; 18 years ago 2000-11-21 Verdict Not guilty on both counts Court membership Judge s sitting Waddell Wallace The Brenton Butler case officially State of Florida v. In May of 2000, elderly vacationers James and Mary Ann Stephens were having breakfast at a Ramada. During the trial, however, Butler testified that two detectives involved in the investigation, including Michael Glover, son of the then current Sheriff , had intimidated and physically abused him into confessing. A system that can easily exploit their fears and their immaturity to get them to confess to crimes they may not have committed. The A murdered man with a list of names in his hands. After the grand jury investigation, the Sheriff's office began taping interrogations of juvenile suspects, and implemented other procedural changes recommended by the jury. They apprehended and arrested 15 year old Brenton Butler.
I've never seen a documentary that had such an effect on my emotions. I can't understand how in the legal system, where justice is supposed to be done, how something so unjust can occur. Shorstein said earlier the decision to prosecute also was bolstered by the fact that Butler was identified by the victim's husband after police arrested the youth and brought him back to the motel. The first one is to Establish Justice. Butler subsequently confessed to the crime, and the case went to trial. If every person in the legal system was as fair as he is, maybe we could call the system 'just' again.