Never have the police gotten anything more wrong than when they convicted the victim of a violent crime as the perpetrator in that violent crime. Soaked in blood I sat in shock as they interrogated me. To say this was bizarre, surreal, and nightmarish is an understatement. In some cases of wrongful convictions, it’s about someone else committing the actual crime. I suppose this is somewhat similar but when have you heard of a violent perpetrator being represented by the police and the prosecutors? How does a person move on from this?
I look for jobs in the mental health field, my field, and on applications, they indicate that the candidate has to pass a background check. How do I pass that background check? Officially, the courts still have me listed as the perpetrator and I have no right to appeal or seek justice for a decade and a half of lost wages. I didn’t go to prison but I have lived in a virtual prison. Wondering if someone will think I am untrustworthy if they find out about this false conviction and they don’t know it was one a false conviction and two that I was the victim.
Some people offer advice they cannot support. They say “move on and don’t let the past define me.” That has been decided already. And not by me! Others say “you chose to accept a plea.” That implies there was a choice and time to consider the choices. What element of choice exists outside a courtroom when the one person who is supposed to represent me is threatening me, the victim, with 10 years in prison for the crime in which I was the victim! Who represents the actual victim? Who? This is such a twisted story. Imagine the most loving, kindest, most gentle, compassionate, caring, empathetic person imaginable getting convicted of a violent felony. Read the book and you will see how this happens.
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