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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations A Look Into The Terrifying World Of Justice This Article Is An In Depth Analysis Of The Movie Paradise Lost And Paradise Lost 2 Relevations

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Introduction to Criminal JusticeApril 25, 2004Paradise Lost 2: Revelations - A Look Into the Terrifying World of JusticeThe releasing of the 1996 documentary film called Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills brought worldwide attention to a crime which occurred in a tiny, rural, and forgotten town of West Memphis, Arkansas. The film gives viewers a shocking depiction of the criminal trial, which ultimately ended with the conviction of a trio of teenagers for the brutal murders of three second graders. Because of its widespread critical acclaim and many newly found activists, the filmmakers have made a sequel entitled Paradise Lost 2: Revelations.In this continuation, the movie ...view middle of the document...

While in Rieman's book, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, the bonus of biased is placed against the poor, the biased was placed against "Goths" in the case of the Robin Hood Hill Murders. While desperately searching for the murderers to quiet the startled town, the Lieutenant received the name of Damien Echols from a probation officer. The appearance and practices of Damien Echols were the perfect match for the type of cultic and satanic crimes found at the scene. His previous records show that he had been in trouble with the law, had a disturbed home life, and expressed committed attitudes towards the admiration for the "Goth" and Wiccan subcultures. These factors only made Damien a better suspect for the crime and he was immediately put into question. The police received a search warrant a couple days later, and searched Damien Echols's home for evidence to prove his guilt. In the process of the searching of Damien Echols's home, a great number of amendments had been broken. The fourth amendment was the first and most prominent amendment that was not upheld by justice system of Arkansas. The fourth amendment protects the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. These rights shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issued, but upon probable cause. This is supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (Mount, Article 1)The amendment was violated when Judge Rainy allowed the home of Damien Echols to be invaded and searched in the middle of the night. Arkansas law requires that police show extraordinary circumstances before such a search and seizure can be conducted. None of these extraordinary circumstances existed yet the warrant was still issued. It is common law that arrest warrants and affidavits filed to support the warrant must be made public. The judge sealed all such documents pertaining to the arrest of Damien Echols and the documents couldn't be viewed publicly. The first amendment was another amendment in violation of this case. This states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, press; or the right to peaceably assemble. Therefore, Congress shall respect an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof; or petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Mount ,Article 2) Damien Echols' first amendment rights were violated when his religious beliefs were used as evidence against him in a court of law. Presenting items protected under the first amendment as evidence in a crime is unconstitutional, unjust, and absurd.There was exceptionally little hard evidence presented in this case. The confession by Jessie Misskelley proved to be the only concrete evidence that the prosecutors used against the three boys in their conviction trial. Confessions are one of the strongest types of evidence in...

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