Dominique Green Case Study

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People tend to point fingers in situations involving one’s well-being, and a way to find out if someone is guilty or not guilty is always seen with being backed up with evidence. It is done from an early age for instances such as when kids are trying to find out who took the last lollipop. Which still happened to adults when maturing, only difference is that some are able to pass judgement on other on crimes or scenarios a person might have been or was involved in, which could lead to the final decision on what happens to the person. In this case, Dominique Green was convicted of capital murder, on the murder of Andrew Lastrapes, for being in a car with two other males “who were found in the backseat of the car in possession of a large handgun …show more content…
By “[leaving] the impression … that he knew the identity of the shooter, but would not identify him,” because “he would not become “a snitch.”’ He believed that with “videotape from the convenience store in front of which the murder had occurred… would [have] establish[ed] his innocence.” After finishing the novel, I continue to wonder, as why Dominique did not confess on who the shooter was. It would have brought justice to the Lastrapes’ family in giving them the name of the shooter in which murdered Andrew. Bernatte Lastrapes, Andrew Lastrapes’ widow, went to the point in where “She [didn’t] want Dominique Green [to be] executed,” and was also “begging for Dominique 's life. “All of us,” said Bernatte, “have forgiven Dominique for what happened and want to give him another chance at life.”’ Another important factor was that it would have given Dominique, his freedom from the beginning, but after thinking it over I came to the conclusion that, it might have not made a difference. Mostly because the jury was technically all of white background and some had racial prejudices which even in the end did not go in Dominique’s favor. Continuing with Thomas Cahill’s story about Dominique states that firstly, “In [a] lineups, [men were] identified by witnesses [but] no one identified Dominique [as a culprit], [but even with that] …show more content…
Out of many, one was a note in which the judge read in front of the jury, containing a certain quote included in the note of Dominique’s, addressed towards a cellmate, from a rapper. Evidence showed that the quote was in quotations yet since the judge read it out load without notifying the jury about this, lead them to believe that Dominique would be a “murderous danger that society would be “forever” subjected to, if he were allowed to live.” Which was supported by Dr. Quijano, who believe that Latinos and anyone with a dark complexion was to be a ‘“statistical predictor of future violence.”’ Another failure to bring something to light was when Dominique’s mother was included in giving testimony about Dominique in which she did but “the jury was told nothing of Stephanie 's schizophrenia or of her repeated hospitalizations in mental institutions.” Going back to Melamed in doing a poor job in defending Dominique lead to having been charged with capital murder of Andrew Lastrapes. With good enough evidence missing and even the use of the first amendment of right to petition Dominique didn’t have a change since all his petition were rejected. Finally, the failure in receiving the videotape in which Dominique strongly believe would prove his innocent was never brought to court as evidence, but Dominique continue to

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