It is said that when you are wrongfully convicted, you carry on your shoulder one of the greatest burdens in life – paying for a crime or wrongdoing committed by others. Let us take for example the case of Chedrick Britt of Florida, Case number 02-CF-15542 (13th Cir. 2002).
Chedrick Britt was charged with three sexual offenses by the Grand Jury in Hillsborough County, Florida in 2002. In May of 2004, Mr. Britt proceeded to a Jury Trial in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court and sentenced to a term of 30 years. During trial, testimony was presented that a rape kit was prepared by law enforcement officials which examined several key elements, however, the evidence was not tested for DNA.
NLPA was hired to assist Mr. Britt’s attorney, Charles A. Murray, Esq., to request the State of Florida test the rape kit for DNA evidence. Accordingly, NLPA aided Mr. Murray in the preparation of a post-conviction motion for DNA testing pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853. The post-conviction motion was granted and the rape kit was tested for DNA. The results of the testing called into question the propriety of Mr. Britt’s convictions, which resulted in the courts vacating his conviction and sentences in 2013 and order that a new trial be set should the government wish to continue with the prosecution of Mr. Britt’s case.
Critical to the success of the request for DNA testing was to demonstrate that testing would likely uncover evidence that Mr. Britt did not commit the crimes at hand and he had received wrongful convictions.
Wrongful convictions can be intricate and controversial in nature. The bottom line is that just because an individual is convicted does not mean that the individual was properly convicted and that all attempts to obtain justice must cease. Wrongful convictions are harmful and burdensome. They put a burden on innocent people who have been accused and do an injustice to the victim and society as a whole because the real perpetrator of the crime remains free to commit other crimes.
NLPA has been at the forefront of attacking unjust convictions. Should you find the victim of a wrongful conviction on in a similar situation as Mr. Britt, NLPA stands ready to assist you and your counsel in the research and preparation of any motions and/or research necessary to assist you in the vigorous defense of your case. For more information about wrongful convictions, contact NLPA today.