Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kisah Di Sebalik Rahsia Yang Disimpan Selama 26 Tahun

Did you know that approximate 10,000 people were convicted, sentenced to lifetime in jail or executed for a crime that they didn't do? Yes people,di dlm penjara especially in US, masih ramai org2 yg xbersalah menerima balasan yg xsepatut nye. Reason? Kesalahan manusia sendiri. Sama ada kesilapan eye witness mengenal pasti rupa paras si tertuduh mahupun si peguam bela mahu menunaikan tanggungjawab nye.

One of the infamous case was kisah Alton Logan. Alton Logan dijatuhkan hukuman penjara seumur hidup instead of hukuman gantung sampai mati oleh mahkamah. Die disabitkan kesalahan membunuh security guard McDonalds in Chicago.
The murder happened on Jan 11, 1982 di mana berlaku rompakan di McDonalds and salah sorang dr 2 security guard tu terbunuh. Berdasarkan pengesahan tiga org saksi, Alton disabitkan kesalahan with a guy named Edgar Hope. He was right on Edgar but was totally wrong on Alton. Walupun family die testified that die ngah tido mase pembunuhan tu berlaku, tapi the jury lebey convicing dgn pengesahan saksi dan he was convicted with first degree murder. 

Nasib menyebelahi die bile the jury decided yg die terselamat dr hukuman gantung and was sentenced to life in prison.Until 2008, die dah menjadi penghuni penjara selama 26 tahun, Alton is 57 by 2011. Sume gara-gara suatu rahsia yg disimpan sepanjang 26 tahun Alton hidup di penjara. 

Several days after penahanan Alton, polis menahan adik beradik Wilson, Andrew & Jackie untuk suatu lagi kes pembunuhan yg berbeza. Not that many people know that polis menjumpai a shotgun that was tested positive as the weapon that killed the McDonalds security guard. Peguam2 Andrew Wilson confront Andrew and akhirnya Andrew mengaku bersalah yg he's the one who killed the guard, not Alton.

So, ape yg aku taw sedikit sebanyak is that, peguam kena menjaga client masing2, especially peguam bela. How ruthless his client is, the lawyer must convinced the jury that his client is innocent and escape the punishment ahead. So secara legally, because of the hubungan etika & privilege antara Andrew Wilson and his defense attorneys, pengakuan Andrew & attorneys affidavit disimpan di dalam box and dikunci. Peguam Andrew, Dale Coventry & Jamie Kunz mendiamkan diri dgn rahsia ni atas dasar keistimewaan hubungan peguam-client. 
Jamie Kunz

Dale Coventry

Here is peguam Andrew nye affidavit,

"I have obtained information through privileged sources that a man named Alton Logan...who was charged with the fatal shooting of Lloyd Wickliffe...is in fact not responsible for that shooting..."
Rahsia itu disimpan hinggalah kematian Andrew 26 tahun selepas itu, after ethically bond between attorney-client sudah tiada. Why 26 tahun? Dale & Jamie cube mmbantu Alton in a way without hurting their client. Salah satu cara is mendapatkan kebenaran Andrew utk reveal the secret after kematiannye, since die disabitkan atas kesalahan membunuh untuk kes yg berbeza and has the possibility to be executed. 

Tapi Andrew lebey pandai, he reversed the punishment and dpt lifetime in prison after claimed that the police seksa die utk dptkan pengakuan. Happen to be plak, ade laporan khas from the investigation yg menyokong dakwaan die. So Andrew terlepas dr hukuman mati. The attorneys hanya menunggu masa utk bukak kotak yg mengandungi Andrew's confession and reveal the secret. And it took them 26-mental-suffering-years to reveal the embarrassing secrets...
After the secrets being revealed, new attorney for Alton, Harold Winston requested for a new trial. Dengan sokongan affidavit, beberapa bukti baru dikumpul such as: salah sorang saksi kerap menukar cter berulang kali, Andrew & Alton are look alike and ade inmate claim yg Andrew ade signed a statement similar to peguam die nye affidavit. Finally, the truth set Alton free and walupun pendakwaraya nak appeal to retry him tapi finally all charges have been dropped and Alton Logan was a free man. 

Imagine the guilt that you have to carry for 26 years, ley wat ko gile kot...O_O

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