3 Criminal/Legal Cases That Were Completely Botched

There is no doubt that evidence may be hard to find in many criminal cases. A number of criminal cases are as complicated as they come. However, the police sometimes carelessly handle such cases which leads to the prosecution of the wrong people as well as shelving it under unresolved cases. Even with new technology in forensics and techy gadgets provided to detectives and investigators, common errors and problems may effectively and altogether change the verdict of a case. These are 3 criminal and legal cases that were carelessly handled.

1. Tom Horne, Botched Lethal Injection, 1989

Tom was officially pronounced dead by the Arizona Attorney General at 3:49pm on Wednesday. This was through the lethal injection which should ideally take less than 10 minutes in cases where the accused is sentenced to death through execution. Tom Horne was convicted of killing Debbie Dietz and Gene Dietz, who was his 29-year old estranged girlfriend and her father respectively in Tucson Arizona. The homicide took place in a local repair shop within Arizona.

The execution however did not take 10 minutes as it was expected. Reports say that it took over 2 hours for the convict to die, during which Tom was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour”. Dale Baich, who was Tom’s defence attorney, tried to appeal while the execution was taking place, but the judge did not issue an order to stop.

2. Michael Health, Botched Post-mortem Pathologist

Several murder cases including the conviction of Michael Stone is now under review due to concerns about the evidence provided by Michael Health, who was a home office pathologist. Health was the man responsible for providing evidence against Michael Stone and many others, who were convicted of homicide, some who are serving even life imprisonment. When the CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission) had a disciplinary panel for bungling examinations conducted about post mortems in August, there were shocking results. They found that the pathologist had made stark errors which were vital in the case of Stone. This led to the conviction of Stone and several others. Four other cases including that Of Michael Stone, who is serving life imprisonment, are being considered for referral to the Court of Appeal.

In many of the cases, the CRCC claims that the pathologist was always ‘marginal’ to the conviction. The commission now says that it is ready to review any cases where individuals may feel like they were wrongfully convicted and found guilty because of Michael Health’s evidence.

3. Benjamin Wey, Alleged Money Laundering, 2012

It is no news to hear big corporations undergoing huge losses over a period of time due to money laundering. In some cases, they involve companies that are in an organised pyramid scheme or a global scam. This was the case with this New York financier who had a carefully calculated stock manipulation scheme that ran through a long period of time. It is reported that tens of millions of dollars were reportedly stolen in early 2012.

The police were found to be in trouble after they did not have a detailed search warrant that specified the crimes that he was allegedly accused of. Moreover, they FBI agents who conducted the search were indiscriminate in acquiring evidence by taking randomly selected items such as X-Rays of family members, prescription drugs and his children test scores. The evidence therefore could not stand in court and couldn’t be used against Wey in his trial.

Benjamin Wey, who was the founder of the New York Global group, made a huge fortune by conduction reverse merges through the acquisition of shell companies. The forceful and aggressive acquisition of evidence has had the case dismissed.

Significant Legal Trials Where A Judge or Jury Made a critical error

Many decisions regarding all types of civil cases by state or federal trial court gets reviewed by an appeal court. This includes all type of appeals irrespective given by single judge’s order or a final judgement given by jury. The appeal court reviews the proceedings to find out for any error of laws made by state or federal trial court.

In case appeal court finds any error in judgement by trial’s court decision then it has the right to reverse that decision

However, there is a difference between trial and an appeal. The trial court has a single judge, whereas an appeal gets heard by several judges at the same time.

That party who loses in state appeal court, may appeal to the supreme court of the state.

In the era of transparency, it makes little sense that verdict gets delivered by people whose reasoning towards judgement is not very clear

Case 1: Trial of Simon Gittany

A high-profile defendant was accused for murder charge. He was declared guilty by the trial court judge Lucy McCallum of New South Wales, for his fiancée murder. This judgement was given by a single judge. Later it was challenged in appeal court by the defendant and the judgement by single judge got dismissed

Case 2: United States V.Jones (2012 case):

This case of US supreme court, which held that installation of GPS(Global Positioning System), a device for tracking a vehicle and monitoring its movement comes under the purview of “Fourth Amendment” of US

Jones, the defendant was suspected of drug trafficking in 2004.Investigating police, without a valid warrant, installed a GPS tracking device to the under surface of defendant’s vehicle. And this exceeded the warrant scope in both geography and time length.

The judges of supreme court unanimously voted that, this was a ‘search’ which came under fourth Amendment. Majority of people from police department were held for installing a GPS device under the car of the defendant. Court order pronounced that police has committed a ‘trespass’ against the defendant’s ‘personal effects’. This was an attempt to take some personal information of the defendant

On 23rd January,2012, the Supreme court held that installation of tracking device on defendant`s vehicle for monitoring the movement constitutes a �search’ under the `Fourth Amendment law’. This was wrongly interpreted by some of the news agencies in USA

Unanimously all nine judges considered the action of the police as unconstitutional. However at last they reached the same result . Lastly judges were of three different opinion with respect to the breath of their judgement.

In this case, the Court decided that whereas the Government’s installation of device onto the Jones car was a trespass purposely to obtain some information it comes under the search of `Fourth Amendment.’

The Supreme Court declined for examining and said if any exception is there that would render the search “reasonable”, as the Government failed to present alternate theory in the lower courts.


There are many instances where the judgements given by a single judge or lower court was declared invalid due to one or more reasons, so it is essential that judgement should be given by team of judges. It is imperative now that single bench judge should be reviewed and appropriate changes should get implemented.

How Employment Law is Becoming More Convoluted

The Government employment law regulates the relationship amongst boss and workers as far as tort and contract obligations. These guidelines are a piece of office law and the connection between Principle (business) and Agent (representative). In a few examples, yet not all, this law has been supplanted by statutory institutions, essentially on the Federal level. The employment and working connection amongst business and representative is significantly influenced by government controls. The terms of work amongst administration and the worker are controlled by government statute intended to advance boss administration and welfare of the representative. Government law likewise controls and precludes separation in work based on race, sex, religion, age, debilitate or national source.

As I specified over, a relationship that is firmly identified with the organization is the representative. also, guideline self-employed entity. In the business representative relationship, likewise called the (ace worker relationship), the business has the privilege to control the physical lead of the worker. A man who draws in a self-employed entity to make a particular showing with regards to does not have the privilege to control the lead of the self-employed entity in the execution of his or her agreement. The agreement time to finish the occupation relies on the business’ time period to finish the coveted task(s), or employment.

Measure up to Pay Act: This demonstration precludes a business from segregating between representatives on the premise of sex by paying unequal wages for a similar work. The demonstration likewise disallows the business from paying wages at a rate not as much as the rate at which he pays for equivalent work at a similar foundation.

At the point when an infringement is found, a composed reference, proposed punishment, and remedial date are given to the business. References might be challenged and heard by an authoritative judge at a hearing. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission can allow an audit of an authoritative law judge’s choice. If not, then the choice of the judge gets to be distinctly last. The influenced gathering may request the choice to the US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Labor Compensation: Most activities by harmed workers against a business are because of the disappointment of the business to utilize sensible care in light of the current situation for the well-being of the representative. In such employment law activities, the business has a few settled protections accessible to him. They incorporate guards of the kindred hireling principle. This administer does not make a business subject for wounds supported by a representative created by the carelessness of a kindred worker. In the event that a business builds up that the carelessness of a worker added to the harm, he supported over the span of his business, in numerous purview the representative can’t recuperate harms from the business. Deliberate suspicion of hazard is the third safeguard.

Reasonable Labor and Standards Act: This demonstration manages the work of youngster work outside of agribusiness. This demonstration disallows the work of anybody under 14 years old in non-cultivate work. Fourteen and Fifteen years of age might be utilized for a predetermined number for a considerable length of time outside of school hours, under particular states of non-dangerous occupations. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds may work any non-risky occupations. Eighteen and more seasoned individual may work in any occupation. This Act forces wage and hour prerequisites upon secured businesses. This demonstration accommodates a base time-based compensation and extra minutes pay.