Stop Wrongful Convictions

by exposing corruption in our justice system

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Wrongful convictions are more common than many realize — evidenced by the increased number of exonerations each year since the advent of DNA testing. What many don’t realize is that they don’t typically occur because of mistakes. Rather, they are a result of shoddy and dishonest police investigations, unethical prosecutors willing to charge and convict people without evidence, and biased judges — many of whom are former police officers and prosecutors.

While researching questionable cases, I have yet to encounter a case that was handled honestly and professionally. Instead, I see coerced witnesses, destroyed evidence, “lost” evidence, mishandled evidence, tunnel vision and the outright framing of innocent people. There is no recourse for those caught up in this. The best lawyers can do little against the U.S. justice system and innocent people continue to be convicted every day. So while it is wonderful that innocent people are exonerated (thanks to innocence groups), nothing in the justice system is really changing to prevent wrongful convictions. As a result, it keeps happening. I can’t think of many things worse than an innocent person suffering in prison.

I began researching questionable convictions after following a murder trial in Raleigh, NC in the spring of 2011 — the Brad Cooper case. Cooper was accused of murdering his wife, Nancy Cooper in July. 2008. The trial was shocking. I witnessed blatant police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.  Evidence that police altered their notes many months after interviews, coerced witnesses for statements consistent with their theory, mishandled crime scene evidence, destroyed the victim’s cell phone and generally botched the entire investigation to the point where it would be unlikely to ever know what happened to the victim.

The prosecutors promoted the fabricated evidence and the judge made biased rulings throughout the 10 week trial. There was strong evidence that Brad was framed with computer files planted on his machine, but the judge wouldn’t allow the defense experts to testify before the jury and as a result Brad Cooper was convicted of first degree murder. It was shocking and I had to do something so I created a blog site to highlight the injustices about the case.

After the Cooper case opened my eyes to wrongful convictions, I began researching other cases and created this blog site to highlight the facts that the media doesn’t adequately cover. It is very disturbing that juries are convicting people when much reasonable doubt remains and in some cases, clear evidence proving innocence is ignored.  It is wonderful to see some of the recent convictions overturned based on DNA evidence, but it’s terrible that in many cases it’s taken decades to occur.   This blog highlights cases that are currently stuck in the system.  It has become quite clear to me that anyone can be falsely accused and then convicted of a crime.  Evidence is not required to convict a person.  This must stop.

I published my second true crime / wrongful conviction book in September, 2016 titled Absence of Evidence — An Examination of the Michelle Young Murder Case. I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with my husband and two sons. I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and worked in that field for several years, but left the workforce to stay home with my kids.

I currently homeschool my kids and in my free time continue to research questionable and unconstitutional cases. I also volunteer with the Deskovic Foundation for Justice, an organization that seeks to exonerate innocent defendants. My goal is to assist the innocent by identifying the signs pointing to innocence and to expose the misconduct that led to their wrongful convictions.

Contact information:

Lynne Blanchard: lablanchard0312@gmail.com

My other blogs:

Justice for Brad Cooper blog

Justice for Jason Young blog

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  1. My brother was falsely convicted of rape. A drug addict, protitute room mate stole his paycheck and cashed it. He went to the cops and had her evicted as well. She went to his job and made such a scene he got fired. She offered to “pay it off in trade”. Stupid idiot agreed. Now my brother and I are both adult survivors of child abuse, you don’t want to here our fantasies, but unlike my brother, I keep mine in my head.
    She agreed to be tied up and gagged. He strutted around and verbalized all his revenge fantacies from years of abuse (idiot). Then he untied her and had sex. She reported him for rape because “she became afraid” during the recital and thus could no longer “consent” to the sex …. and the jury agreed. 75 years in jail for my little brother.
    She admitted to everything in court, and her pimp verified it …
    Just love my fellow citizens (NOT).

  2. Below is a petition created by the family of Cyril Smith. He is serving a life sentence for crimes he did not commit. The case is based on the lies of cooperating government witness that said whatever needed to help their cases. They were charged with the exact same crimes as they claim Mr. Smith committed. They lied several times to the police yet their testimony of lies were all it took to convict Mr. Smith. There was no physical evidence and he was never a person of interest in any of the crimes at the time they were committed. Mr. Smith has submitted an appeal to PA Federal Court as the NY Federal Court has denied his appeals in fear of showing the injustice that was performed. The family needs to media help to bring attention to not only his case but the tons of cases that are based on corruption and intimidation tactics if the Federal Court System. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-innocence-project

  3. Please tell me where I can find some help to prevent a false conviction against my husband. I can prove the police officers reports are false and even have copies of previous false reports written by these officers in an earlier attempt to file false charges against him. The state attorney refuses to believe anything but what these officers say and while I am listed as the “victim” in the case the prosecutor has never asked me what occurred and has sent me a letter saying I can finally speak at the sentencing hearing after he is convicted. One of the prosecutors has already lied to get a no bond status and then has the video of the hearing redacted to hide the lies told to the judge. This will be one more wrongful conviction unless I get help proving the truth. The attorney I hired is afraid to out the misconduct of the prosecutor and seems to be afraid to out the officers knowing the reports are false.

  4. My sixteen year old grandson has been wrongfully charged and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is being held without any evidence or proof that he committed this crime in the state of NC and is being held with someone else’s crime .

      1. I think it’s true that I listen in a little more now that I’m hope with my kids all day. There are a lot of inocaretitns that I don’t get to observe on a regular basis anymore, like those between coworkers. I take what I can get

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