Butler's attorneys said the problem could be eliminated if police taped confessions. Proper assessment of juveniles is crucial to the protection of them in the legal system, particularly in the areas of competency to stand trial and capability to waiver miranda rights. It is assumed that they have the same rules as an adult, but this would also assume that they have the same cognitive processes as an adult and understanding of the court system, which is not the case when it comes to juveniles. He pointed the accusing finger at the corrupt and shameless culprits: Detectives Williams, Glover and Darnell. The case study will show flaws in the legal system when is comes to juveniles, as there were areas of forensic psychology that were not addressed during the trial that are very important in order to protect the rights of juveniles. The beginning of the film opens with a German female tourist who has just been murdered.
The holes in the case make the state's decision to prosecute seem threadbare at best. It was a black African American teenager, Brendon Butler, a student at Englewood High School, who was on his way to a job interview a local Blockbuster Video outlet. While picking apart the flaws in the official version of events, Finnell and McGuinness uncover a concerted effort to obfuscate the facts. This is the 3rd short story in the Bendsen and Gundersen series. The police in this case told him the would work on getting Butler an attorney, but never made it clear that he had the right to remain silent and not speak to them anymore with out the aid of an attorney. The incredible verdict is nothing less than a miraculous answer to prayer. But even the apologies have their limits.
That Sunday morning just as the couple was being accosted, high school student Butler was looking after his dog and was contemplating his application for a job at the video store. Curtis' fingerprints were found on the victim's purse, which had been recovered after the crime but had never been tested. He ordered champagne, sat back in his chair, and enjoyed the warmth of the early morning sun. However, not all juveniles that are convicted of crimes can rely on these on these same factors to save them. They had no evidence to tie him to the crime other than the positive I. The two men happened to be in Florida in May of 2000 with a film crew, as they were carrying out preliminary research for a documentary film focused on the American justice system. Too bad they embrace policies that ensnare youths in a net fashioned more for revenge than justice.
The first one is to Establish Justice. Although they may not be guilty, simply fitting the description well enough to become a suspect seems to be enough these days for prosecution. The expectation before viewing is that this will be a very political correct piece of propaganda. This video relates to the course in a few different ways. Together with a small group of friends, Lisa Bendsen finds clues of the far reaching plans of a secret society. Butler was taken to the police station.
An explanation of the forensic principles that apply to the case study A description of any third party information that may be necessary to collect for forensic assessment of the case study © BrainMass Inc. They are good people Far better people than those who have shaped a justice system in which officers played so fast and loose with the rights of their son that they questioned him without telling them he was in custody. At least this time, though, there was a happy ending. Besides, the viewers are shown the Butlers family home, the community, and the local church which the Butlers attend. While the case was successful and Butler was set free, there are many aspects of forensic psychology that could have been a benefit to the trial, and perhaps would have freed Butler and preventing him sitting in jail for six months. Additionally, as pointed out in the example above, sometimes we are able to obtain information from a third party that would not be available from the client. Even so, the police convinced the traumatized husband of Mary Ann Stevens to identify Brendon as the culprit.
The office had purchased the equipment and was prepared to start taping interrogations, but held off at the request of the State Attorney's Office. In 1966, when the supreme court in Kent v. Secondly, the film depicts the dedication and skills of public defenders Pat McGuinness and Ann Finnell who are typical representatives of court-appointed lawyers. For the investigators and the media it's just another messed-up youth, just another wasted life. Brendon prays together with his parents, and his father talks about the Lord Jesus Christ. The police are not interested in answering her questions, so Lisa Bendsen, who has a nose for mystery, decides to investigate on her own.
This should never have happened. While one can speculate that these injustices were the result of a few immoral police officers, there are many subtle factors that could have contributed to the result of this incident and others like it all over America. After the grand jury investigation, the Sheriff's office began taping interrogations of juvenile suspects, and implemented other procedural changes recommended by the jury. Butler's parents, in fact, said the stress of their child being tried for murder drained their finances. Early psychologists involvement in juvenile proceedings were there to determine if the juvenile was a delinquent and what was the root of their delinquency and was it linked to a mental illness Grisso, 2003, p316. Because juveniles were not seen in a traditional court, there were not rules or laws of juveniles rights in place, that mirrored the protection adults receive in the judicial system.
In May of 2000, elderly vacationers James and Mary Ann Stephens were having breakfast at a Ramada. McGuinness went over the crime scene with a fine-tooth comb, pointed out the state's lack of forensic evidence and reiterated the fact that Butler's confession was coerced. The police arrested the first black American guy they came across, a boy who was on his way to apply for a job at a Blockbuster Video outlet. He said beatings are rare these days. What transpires in the twelve hours that Butler is held in police custody is in effect the subject matter of Murder on a Sunday Morning. McGuinness investigated with another lawyer, Ann Finnell.
The film conveys two very important messages. Brenton Butler, a 15 year old black male is arrested, Butler is much younger and shorter than the criminal the police are looking for. Murder On a Sunday Morning A Case Analysis for Juvenile Offenders Kelly A. Assessment, 10 4 , 359-369. On the witness stand: Essays on psychology and crime. Additionally this exam would point out if Butler had any mental impairments, which from the film it did not seem like he did. The boy was denied the right to make his phone call and inform his parents or contact a lawyer.