Hannah Allman 0

Unconstitutional Mississippi Judicial System

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Recently I (a 20 year old white female) have discovered the unconstitutional system the Mississippi courts follow. I had been accused of assaulting a woman even though I never got out of my car. She advanced at my car and continuously beat on my window while yelling and cursing at me. I drove away in a fear for my life. This same woman pressed charges against me saying I "purposely and knowingly hit her with...car door and ran over...foot." (just to be clear the three periods I placed in that quote are replacing her and my, in that order.) At our recent court date she appeared with no medical bills for said injuries and she had no signs of being damaged at all. When she appeared before the court she said "I didn't know I was supposed to bring them". After I was put on the stand the prosecution was more concerned about when I made a frantic phone call to my boyfriend about the incident then what actually happened. After bursting out in tears before the court the judge continued saying I was guilty and sent me to jail. My family spent money they didn't have to release me. My visit to Rankin County Jail made me aware of how many people receive the same unconstitutional punishments. Several young women in the misdemeanor pod I was taken to had also been sent in there for things that they did not do. One particular mother and daughter were in the pod together. They were put in there for theft even though they had all of their receipts and all of the things they had purchased with them. Another woman was in there for license suspension fees. She had been told to pay what she could and taking the $5 she had after paying for her bills as a single mother caring for a 17 year old son as well as a 19 year old son, living on a small check each month for her disabilities, her money was rejected and a warrant written for her arrest. One last woman was put in the pod for unconstitutional reasons as well. She was driving her brother home from his friend's house, a drunk driver clipped her new truck she had just bought for herself as a birthday present. She was very upset and she pulled into a neighborhood to check her truck for damage. She then, was approached by a police vehicle with his lights on. He claimed she was on drugs and drunk even though she had been sober the entire time. I will not state the names of these women, as to protect their identities. I believe it is the 8th amendment in our federal constitution's bill of rights it's stated that "According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the presumption of the innocence of a criminal defendant is best described as an assumption of innocence that is indulged in the absence of contrary evidence (Taylor v. Kentucky, 436 U.S. 478, 98 S. Ct. 1930, 56 L. Ed. 2d 468 [1978]). It is not considered evidence of the defendant's innocence, and it does not require that a mandatory inference favorable to the defendant be drawn from any facts in evidence. In practice the presumption of innocence is animated by the requirement that the government prove the charges against the defendant Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. This due process requirement, a fundamental tenet of criminal law, is contained in statutes and judicial opinions. The requirement that a person suspected of a crime be presumed innocent also is mandated in statutes and court opinions." these cases were all misjudged due to lack of evidence, and I hope to get our U.S. Congress' attention on the matter as quickly as possible. The reason for the high unemployment rate in the state of Mississippi is the many innocent people being taken to jail every day for unconstitutional reasons, thus having a mark on their records that employers cannot overlook with ease. Several of these black marks are from misdemeanors such as mine and the other women I have made as examples.

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