HELP For Young Men Serving Time on False Accusations
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In May of 2015 he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Please allow me to share his story.
In March of 2014 my son Michael (who was 19 at the time) and two of his cousins, Christa and David, let a 14-year-old new female friend ride with them to a church bonfire. When it was over, they took David home first because he lived the closest. Christa became ill at the party so they drove her home next leaving Michael in the predicament of having to drive the 14-year-old girl home by himself. She accused him of touching her inappropriately but later changed her story to accuse him of forcing her to perform oral sex. He decided he wanted a trial by jury because he could not admit to doing something he did not do. During the process of picking jurors, the prosecuting attorney asked if anyone believed a case should have physical evidence in order for an alleged criminal to be proven guilty. All who said they did believe there should be proof, the prosecuting attorneys dismissed, because there was no physical evidence of any kind. There were only testimonies. He was found guilty on two counts and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison.
I’m asking, shouldn’t there be some kind of help or law to help young men in cases like this? Who protects them from promiscuous girls who get up on the stand and lie just to ruin the young man’s life? The way the system is set up allows men to be convicted to life sentences with no evidence against them whatsoever. My son, of course, is not the only one in this situation. There are thousands of innocent young men in prison with a variation of similar cases. Young boys will spend their entire life away from the world, simply because a girl claimed something happened. Where is the honest and true justice in that?
Therefore, on behalf of myself, and my son, we thank you for taking the time to read our story and ask for any help or advice you could give. We would be eminently appreciative for anything you do.
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