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:
- Any member can propose for a case to be a “featured case”.
- The post (or a comment) MUST include a short description of the case, typically 200 words.
- The post may be a link to a Facebook page for the case ( or post a link in a comment ). See here for how to create a Facebook page.
- Proposal posts should conclude with : To vote for this to be an adopted/featured case please Like the post, alternatively if you are opposed, please leave a comment ‘No, I am opposed.’
- The post should give the Country or (for US) the State ( the country/state of the trial court )
- If there are objections a Closed discussion group will be formed by a group admin to discuss objections. The general approach is to reach a consensus. If objections are found to have no substance by the group admin, the proposal will be passed. Such decisions may be appealed to the Wrongly Convicted Board.
- 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 ).
- Once the proposal is passed, the case will be added to the Featured and Adopted Case List.
- 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.
- Please refrain from expressing opposition if you are not prepared to discuss the case in a closed group of members.
- 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.
- There must be a case made for innocence.
- The case for innocence must include any serious prior criminal convictions ( in other words, the defendant needs to be of good prior character ).
- 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.