Category Archives: Adopted Case

An “adopted” case has a similar procedure to a “featured” case.

It is used where there are safety or sensitivity considerations, where limited public information is available, for pre-trial cases or for similar reasons.

Christina WIlliams

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Witnesses that could have exonerated Christina were not interviewed, even after these witnesses came to the police department and asked to volunteer their information.

One witness at the scene testified during the trial that Christina was not even present when the crime occured.

There were weapons found at the scene, none of which could be associated with Christina.

There were fingerprints recovered that would point to other suspects.

Police instead arrested and convicted a girl that was under the influence of drugs and had no comprehension of anything that was going on, let alone the capabilities to formulate a plan and carry out a crime.

Shrien Dewani

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News Articles:
Shrien Dewani’s lawyer launches blistering attack on prosecution case The Guardian, Monday 24 November 2014
Shrien Dewani trial prosecutor explains alleged flaws in state evidence The Guardian, Tuesday 25 November 2014

Dewani murder case thrown out BBC News – Monday, 8 December 2014

See also Shrien Dewani found Not Guilty

Jessie B.

Jessica Burlew, a 17 year old girl diagnosed with schizophrenia and autism, has been held in isolation in Estrella Jail since January, 2014. She was been charged with 2nd degree murder for the accidental death of Jason Ash, a 43 year old man who was sexually exploiting her.

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Trial set for Monday August 17th, 2015 ( postponed )

Report August 12, 2015

“Eighteen-year-old Jessica Burlew has been in jail for 571 days as her public defenders and the state of Arizona waded through the complicated and drawn-out process of preparing for a homicide trial. A source close to the situation now tells New Times that attorneys and relevant parties have discussed and debated terms of various plea bargains for months, and court documents suggest that a tentative settlement of a manslaughter plea has been reached.

In return for a guilty plea, Burlew’s second-degree murder charge would be lessened to manslaughter.”

Note: see here for developments since August.

Ronnie Long

Ronnie Long was a 19-­year-young-black man when his life was condemned to a broken system overflowing with institutional racism. Justice was an oath, yet only an image hiding in the darkness for many, including Ronnie. After 39 years that image of justice is still hiding, though there is ample opportunity for it to be unleashed.

It all began in 1976 when Ronnie, accompanied by his father, stood before a judge in Cabarrus County, N.C. facing trespassing charges for being in a public park near his home. As the judge dismissed him from those charges, unbeknownst to Ronnie, behind him was a separate judge condemning him to life. That judge was a white woman, a prominent citizen of the county, who had been victimized in her home during a robbery that led to her rape two weeks prior. Chauffeured by detectives to the courtroom, with “reason to believe that maybe this day there might be a man in the courtroom that she could the man who raped her” she identified Ronnie Long, according to court records.

It took nearly ninety minutes of “constant looking around…. read more here.

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August 2020:

A North Carolina man, sentenced to 80 years in prison for rape and burglary, was released last week after spending 44 years behind bars. A federal appeals court determined that Ronnie Long, who has always maintained his innocence, had been a victim of “extreme and continuous police misconduct.”

Long, 64, was suddenly released late last week after the State of North Carolina admitted it could no longer defend the case, and asked a court to vacate his convictions.