Asking for a Case to be Featured
Members of the Wrongfully Convicted Group can ask for a case to be featured or adopted.
To ask for a case to be featured, simply join the group, and make a post there, asking for it to be featured.
The rules are as follows:
1. Any member can request a case be proposed.
2. The post (or a comment) MUST include a short description of the case, typically 200 words.
4. Following a request for a case to be proposed, a website editor will make a post on the website and post a formal proposal in the group, linked from the website.
5. The post should give the Country or (for US) the State ( the country/state of the trial court ).
6. The general approach is to reach a consensus. If objections are found to have insufficient substance by the group admin, the proposal will be passed. Such decisions may be appealed to the Wrongly Convicted Board.
Note: prior to June 28, 2017, the procedure was to create a Closed discussion group to discuss objections. From June 28, 2017, objections may be explained in comments on the proposal post. This exception to the usual group rule on arguing against a wrongful conviction is limited to the minimum three day period following a proposal allowed for discussion.
7. The threshold for a proposal to be passed is a minimum of 10 votes in favour (Amended 21st June 2014 from “yet to be defined, based on experience”). A minimum of three days is allowed for voting before declaring a proposal passed. However, there is no set time limit to achieve the 10 votes required ( or 6 for an adopted case ).
8. Once the proposal is passed, the case will be added to the Featured and Adopted Case List.
9. Featured cases will be posted on the featured cases page https://www.facebook.com/WronglyConvictedGroupFeaturedCases and a News item will be published at https://www.facebook.com/WronglyConvictedNews.
10. Please refrain from expressing opposition if you are not prepared to discuss the case in a closed group of members.
11. After a proposal is passed, any member can raise an objection, and the case may be “un-featured”, based on the threshold no longer being met or general agreement on a change in circumstance. In line with the general group rule, cases are not discussed in the group, instead cases may be discussed in the closed group associated with the case.
1. There must be a case made for innocence.
2. The case for innocence must include any serious prior criminal convictions ( in other words, the defendant needs to be of good prior character ).
3. Convictions for drug use (including alcohol) may be overlooked.
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. It may also be used where there is a prior criminal record.
For an adopted case, it is not necessary for a case to be made for total innocence, only that there was a significant error of fact or law. Such cases will be given a “Partial Innocence” tag.
Adopted cases are not listed on the Featured Cases Page, this is the only real distinction.