Did you know that the National Registry of Exonerations currently has 2,519 counts of cases where someone has been wrongly convicted and later freed? Of that number, 83 of them are from Florida-based cases, with 11 of those taking place in Broward, 9 in Miami-Dade, and 8 in Palm Beach. These numbers are shocking enough that Broward County has decided to do something about it.
In the event that someone is found guilty of a crime during a criminal trial, there can be an element of shock and disbelief, especially if the defendant feels as though the trial was unfair, or additional evidence that challenges their guilt was not available at the time of trial. The initial trial conviction isn't always final, and there are a couple ways that the case can be examined again.
One Florida man is hoping for an appeal of his murder conviction from almost 30 years ago. The defendant has spent 28 years in prison for a crime he may not have committed.