Freitag, 9. Februar 2007

Warren Blackwell - Interview in Heretical Sex

Warren Blackwell war unschuldig drei Jahre eingesperrt, wegen der Falschbeschuldigung des sexuellen Mißbrauchs, den eine Shannon Taylor gegen ihn erhoben hatte.

Shannon Taylor wurde von der Justiz für dieses Verbrechen bisher nicht zur Verantwortung gezogen.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Interview: Warren Blackwell

I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview Warren Blackwell, the innocent father who spent over three years in prison on trumped up charges of sexual assault as the result of a false accusation by a woman called Shannon Taylor, who has a history of mental illness and convictions for dishonesty. He spoke to me about his experiences.

Heretic: What was your lifestyle like before the accusation was made? I understand you are a father of two? What was your occupation?

Warren Blackwell: Before I was very sociable. The Social Club was my local where I’d meet up regularly in the week and at weekends with friends to play pool, darts, have drinks after football etc. Although we’re not married, Tanya and I have been together for 14 years. Holly (Tanya’s daughter from a previous relationship) was two when I started seeing Tanya, and Liam joined the clan in 1995! I was employed as a factory operative.

Heretic: Did you know your accuser before she accused you?

Warren Blackwell: No I didn’t. She had started seeing Tanya’s Uncle Ian – having met him on holiday in Tenerife ‘recovering from the effects of having been the victim of an assault!’ (I learnt this after the event).

Heretic: How did you first become aware of the accusation?

Warren Blackwell: On Saturday 2nd January 1999 Tanya went down the Social Club to have a drink with friends. I stayed at home with Liam. When she came back she told me a lot of the women were talking about another certain individual, a well know womaniser. Their concerns were such that I said if you’re really worried then call the police and tell them. Tanya did – so for me it was no surprise when the police knocked on my door at 8:00am on Sunday 3rd January. We thought they had come to talk to Tanya about what had been said amongst several women the night before, concerning this other man. So it came as quite a shock when they turned round and arrested me!!


1 Kommentar:

Danny Vice hat gesagt…

Although this case exposes the outlandish miscarriage of justice towards the wrongly accused in the UK, we wish this were an isolated incident. The fact is, even in the United States, restitution for those incarcerated is certainly not guaranteed.

In fact, in many states, there are more government resources for those released on parole than there are for those who have been wrongly incarcerated and later exonerated and released.

Currently, an overwhelming number of people who have been exonerated of a crime are not compensated for the toll the incarceration took on their lives socially and economically.

Thus far, only 22 states in the US have laws in place to provide some level of compensation for those who were wrongly convicted. This means a majority of those who went back to court and proved their innocence are then required to sue for this compensation.

This process utilizes significant resources that a recently released inmate typically does not have. For those who do have the knowledge or financial ability to bring a case, the enormous cost of the additional legal wrangling involved may soak up much of the payout. Many victims of this outrageous process are handed the more daunting challenge of simply restoring their name, let alone consideration of a lawsuit that may or may not result in restitution for the time that has been lost.

What's more, the payout often times received is meager in comparison to what is usually lost. Marty Tankleff for example was sentenced to a New York state prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his parents. Although his case was recently overturned, Marty just recently visited his parent's graves for the first time since their deaths.

Ronnie Taylor, a Houston man who was recently exonerated of a crime he didn't commit was engaged to be married before his arrest in 1993. DNA testing proved his innocence 14 years later - allowing him to finally marry his bride Jeanette Brown. (source)

The Innocence Protect, one organization established in 1992 utilizes DNA testing as a means to force new hearings for those who are wrongly accused. It's website lists hundreds of cases of wrongly convicted individuals who's cases were overturned after a conviction.

While the Weekly Vice does not subscribe to every point of view of the Project's mission statement, one has to wonder where our culture would be without such advocates. Many wrongfully accused individuals have languished in prison for decades before their faulty convictions were tossed out.

Here are a few more examples of justice gone horribly wrong:

Dennis Brown from Louisiana was convicted of a 1984 rape and spent 19 years in prison before DNA testing confirmed that he could not have been the rapist.

Marvin Anderson became the ninety-ninth person in the US to be exonerated of a crime due to post-conviction DNA testing. Even when another individual confessed to the crime Lamont was accused of, the Judge upheld the conviction until DNA evidence finally confirmed Lamont's innocence. He wasn't exonerated until 1992, nearly 20 years after his arrest.

Orlando Boquete's wrongful conviction of attempted sexual battery was vacated a staggering 24 years after his arrest back in 1982.

Robert Clark, wrongly convicted of rape, kidnapping and armed robbery in 1982, languished in prison primarily by mistaken eyewitness. Mistaken identity seems to be a common theme with the cases that later get overturned by post-conviction DNA evidence. Clark was finally vindicated 24 years later.

Luis Diaz was wrongly convicted in 1980 as the 'Bird Road Rapist', where 25 women were attacked, many of them sexually assaulted. Diaz was convicted for 8 of them. His case was overturned 25 years later in 2005.


These are only a handful of the cases you can view HERE, however they are a sampling of the many instances where our legal system goes horribly wrong to such degree that compensation for one's life cannot be calculated as a mere loss of wages as most restitution awarding states provide.

The Weekly Vice supports tough sentencing guidelines for all sexual assault cases, particularly those of minor children. We also believe however, that states should be equally aggressive with some level of state subsidy, restitution or other adjudged compensation that is deemed appropriate for each individual case. A dismal 22 states is not a goodwill showing for a nation who prides itself on a Justice For All philosophy.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice