Judicial System as Offenders and Victims Seek Justice Discussion Board 3
Topic: Complexities Involved Within the Judicial System as Offenders and Victims Seek Justice
In 2002, seventeen-year-old Brian Banks was wrongfully convicted of rape.
At the time of his conviction, Banks was, by all accounts, a rising football star destined to play in the NFL. Tragically, Banks would never realize his dream of going to college and playing professional football.
A high-school acquaintance ñ Wanetta Gibson ñ shattered that dream one fateful day after she accused Banks of rape and kidnapping following a consensual sexual encounter on the school campus.
It was Banks’ word against hers and she was not likely to change her story. After all, Gibson sued the Long Beach Unified School District claiming the school’s lax security provided an unsafe environment that led to the fraudulent rape. She would eventually receive a settlement of 1.5 million dollars…
Respond to the following questions:
- Why would a plea bargain be acceptable to an innocent defendant?
- How do we harmonize the benefits of plea bargaining with the importance of justice?
- In its search for justice, how should the judicial system balance the rights of the accused with the rights of the victim?
(California Innocence Project, 2014, http://californiainnocenceproject.org/read-their-stories/brian-banks/).
Requirements: you are asked to submit your original post addressing the prompt provided. In your original post, support your views with the required readings and study materials for this week, or other scholarly sources to support your statements.
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