Man Exonerated for Rape That Never Happened

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I once sat on a jury where over half of my fellow jurors would have convicted the accused (a hispanic male) on the testimony of a single female accuser. There was no physical evidence presented. Not even photos of the alleged crime scene where property was allegedly damaged. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” is supposed to be the standard of evidence required to call someone a criminal in our society. But when I asked my fellow jurors why they would convict a man based on the testimony of a single individual, the seven of them that would have convicted, mostly female, replied “Why would she lie?”

You don’t have to know why people lie, to know that they do.

The Innocence Project

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