As some of you may know, while I was going through cancer and chemo, I was also (and still am) fighting for my brother’s freedom. R was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison – all for a crime he did NOT commit.
My brother is almost 8 years younger than me and he is my best friend. He is the person I turn to for advice on anything and everything and he is the person that consoles me when I am down and lifts me up when I need some motivation. We help each other and through this ordeal, the strengths of our relationship has had an opportunity to truly shine.
With R’s help and guidance I was able to start Justice IQ. JIQ is a non profit that is solely focused on JURY REFORM. We feel that if we can have better and more educated juries, the number of wrongful convictions and judgements could be reduced.
If we had a more educated public, those who know their rights as citizens then maybe just maybe we could reduce the number of people who end up in our criminal system. And especially those who are wrongfully convicted because they just “didn’t know better” and they thought that the “truth would come out.”
Those of us with experience in this broken system, we know that is not the case. It all comes down to who can tell the best story. The jury then gets to decide the fate based on that story. BUT what if those Juries were educated before serving. What if they knew as much about the case as the defendants did? Wouldn’t that be closer to “Jury of your own peers.”?
The more I thought about it, the more I felt strongly that we needed to do something..ANYTHING to make the system a little better, a little more fairer.
Please take a look at JIQ.. I would welcome your feedback and support. I am open to ideas. I just feel very strongly that something needs to change. This is my small contribution to making that change happen. I hope you will join me in supporting Jury Reform.
More to follow on this subject… please check out www.justiceiq.org…