Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Franklin Tyrone Tucker was arrested and charged with murder after a 5 day “investigation.” Without any evidence of his involvement, police and the prosecutors relied solely upon statements coerced from other suspects in the case. Since this testimony was extremely unreliable, the authorities then attempted to bolster their case with statements made by a jailhouse informant. While that in itself was illegal, the amount of misconduct committed by both the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the State Attorney’s Office in this case is truly unprecedented. The lead prosecutor ASA Colleen Dunne, was removed from the case and eventually had her licence suspended for complaints very similar to those raised by Franklin Tucker’s defense. The head of the investigative unit, Captain Penny Phelps was removed and then fired due to an ongoing investigation for her misconduct in this case. However, the State refuses to dismiss the charges against Franklin Tyrone Tucker even though it is now clear they have no credible evidence against him.
Unfortunately, this has become a frequent scenario in the American Justice System and Franklin Tyrone Tucker is not alone. Misconduct committed by both police and prosecutors is currently the single largest cause of false convictions in America. While still not the majority of cases, too often authorities develop a “win at all costs” attitude that results in thousands of people being wrongfully prosecuted, convicted, incarcerated and even killed as a result. Most of the time these defendants are not exonerated until long after their lives have been uselessly destroyed or even eliminated. Franklin Tyrone Tucker’s defense is attempting to change this trend. Seeking to dismiss this case before further damage is done and long before an innocent man spends years in prison. Reminding authorities all across America, that it is not only their job to punish the guilty but to protect the innocent.