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SC County third highest for exonerated convicts

Original post made on May 22, 2012

A new national study has found that Santa Clara County ranks third statewide in the number of people exonerated for committing major crimes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 4:58 PM

Comments (4)

Posted by sloppy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Sloppy and abusive prosecutions are the main reason that I am opposed to the death penalty. Anyone else surprised that the majority of the falsely convicted are minorities, even though they make up a minority of total convictions.

Does the 56% "official misconduct" mean they were framed by the cops and prosecutors (knowingly someone is innocent and arresting/prosecuting them anyway)?

Posted by disgraceful, a resident of Atherton
on May 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm


" 50 percent are black, 38 percent white, 11 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Native-American or Asian"

Like ya didn't see that coming....

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Missing from this article, and others on this topic, is the basic arrest and demographic data for the US. This is easily located via Google, yet--this information has been purposefully suppressed by the media.

The following is the key link to the 2009 arrest data (US):

Web Link

Fairly recent demographic data:

Web Link

The racial composition of the US population as of 2008 was 79.79% European American (65.60% non-Hispanic and 14.19% Hispanic), 12.84% African American (12.22% non-Hispanic and 0.62% Hispanic), 4.45% Asian American (4.35% non-Hispanic and 0.10% Hispanic), 1.01% American Indian or Alaska Native (0.76% non-Hispanic and 0.25% Hispanic), 0.18% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander American (0.14% non-Hispanic and 0.04% Hispanic), and 1.69% Multiracial American (1.64% non-Hispanic and 0.05% Hispanic). 15.25% of the total US population identified their ethnicity as Hispanic.[5]

Let's start the discussion with asking why so many blacks are committing crimes, compared to their demographic distribution?

Posted by sloppy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Wondering - does your post have anything at all to do with the article or are you just making a Tea Party racist rant?

Or maybe the article does answer your question. Minorities are much more likely to be framed by the cops for crimes they did not commit, thus boosting their arrest and conviction numbers.

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