Reggie Cole Research Paper

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How would you feel if you were arrested tonight? You would feel helpless, scared, worried about your future. What if you were innocent and no one would believe you? What if you were falsely accused and thrown behind bars without one-hundred percent proof by the judge? What if you were just that person at the wrong place at the wrong time? To me, this would feel like one of the most helpless situations you could get yourself into. To be thrown behind bars and be branded with the terms murderer, shoplifter, child molester would ruin your life. Reggie Cole, a “murderer” in California knows exactly how this feels. Luckily there was an organization designed to help special cases like his. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck…show more content…
He turned to the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project of California attorneys petitioned for writ of habeas corpus in January of 2009. This petition stated that during Reggie Cole’s case the prosecution did not present some of the key evidence and they knew the evidence that they did present was false. District Attorney of Los Angeles decided that Reggie Cole did not receive proper counsel during his previous trial. On April 15, 2009 the judge, Judge Jerry Johnson evacuated the case. All charges for the murder of Felipe Angeles were dropped from Reggie Cole’s files by the Lost Angeles District Attorney on July 2, 2009. As far as the stabbing murder of Clark, Cole pleaded no contest to manslaughter. With this came another bump in the road. Officers found a 1 ½” by ¼ inch blade under his mattress in his cell. Plourd brought in another attorney, Alissa Bjerkhoel. Together they investigated this accusation to prevent Cole from further time in prison. The DNA evidence didn’t match Reggie Cole’s but his next door inmate. The next door inmate fully took blame for the weapon and confessed that it was his (Goffard 3). Reggie Cole was released May 16, 2010 after being in prison for 16 years. Reggie Cole went on to get his high-school equivalency degree, and is currently studying law. “I was helping them with my case and learned a lot, and I believe I can help somebody (Goffard 4).” “Cole is doing amazingly well in the program,” said Justin Brooks (Goffard
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