This is the revised, updated, expanded version of my popular treatise. Inside is a no-nonsense compilation of the primary conflicts of interest and major weak spots within every step of the conviction process, from evidence to appeal. It is a companion to the original rather than a replacement. Everyone who wants to keep their freedom would do well to learn how the lawyers’ system really works as the new American corporate police state revs up into high gear.
False convictions arise at a minimum rate of 7~12%. One reason for this high rate is that the legal system is biased toward conviction throughout. The purpose of these essays is to raise the learning curve of indigent accusees who suffer most false convictions and to help mitigate the prosecution's colossal advantage through scrutiny of the legal process from the crime scene to appeals court. The way the system works now, real criminals learn at an early age how best to deflect and minimize punishment. Law-abiding innocents see few of the system's wretched workings. We see McGruff, the crime cartoon and scruff, the cuddly little puppy, and thus are at a grave disadvantage when faced with hardened and experienced criminals, police, lawyers and journalists.
The process of forcing power-addicts to recognize that captives do still have rights is a never-ending war in which victories are short lived. The Kops always run to their Legislative buddies when they lose and purchase more laws that take away more of our rights. This same process works against citizens and for cops outside of prisons. Prisons are often the test bed for rights-stealing laws that will be perfected for use upon “free” citizens once a viable excuse, such as terrorism and crime, may be plausible used for their implementation. Rights cannot be preserved by passivity in the face of aggressive actions by police, lawcrats, politicians and corporations to Lassoin more power, money, assets and free labour for their own enrichment. Wise men will watch for these encroachments and fight them every inch of the way. My treatise, “Innocents Guide to Avoiding False Conviction” points the way.