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Q: Why is there so much corruption in the Bexar County Justice System…San Antonio, Texas

I plan to expose those who are corrupt in the Law Enforcement and Justice Department. Corruption will not be committed on my watch as an American Veteran and Advocate for those who can’t defend themselves… They are putting innocent individuals in jail and in prison…

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: In my professional experience, there is very little corruption in the Bexar County justice system.

True, from time to time an innocent person is found guilty and put in jail or prison. In my experience, that is rarely the result of corruption but is more commonly the result of inexperience, laziness and sloppiness. That is why it is so important for anyone accused of a crime to hire a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Fortunately there are many watchdog organizations carefully monitoring our justice system and ready to advocate for the wrongly convicted, like the Innocence Project. Mechanisms like a writ of habeas corpus to challenge a wrongful conviction are a feature of our justice system.

Many individuals who are prosecuted and convicted, both innocent and guilty, feel that powerful individuals in the justice system are “out to get them.” Rarely can they provide a reasonable and logical motive. It is very rarely a conspiracy among the judge, appellate justices, elected DA, chief of police and/or elected sheriff.

Most commonly, an innocent person is convicted because an overworked assistant DA, who may be young and inexperienced, or an overworked police officer who never met the person before, make a sloppy mistake that a lazy or inexperienced defense lawyer misses and that a jaded and inattentive judge overlooks.

That’s exactly why our criminal justice system in particular has so many checks and safeguards that heavily favor those accused of a crime. But even with all of those safeguards, occasionally mistakes are made and innocent persons are imprisoned.

That’s why we have a statute to compensate anyone innocent who is wrongly imprisoned.

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