There is no denying that rape and murder are horrible crimes. Unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made during the investigations of such crimes by Lake County police and other police throughout the entire U.S. When these mistakes are made or when investigative procedures are violated, an innocent person could be accused and convicted of committing a terrible crime.
After spending 19 years in prison, one man who was accused of raping and murdering a Waukegan girl in 1992 was recently released when DNA evidence proved that he did not commit the crimes. The man has certainly received some justice after being exonerated, but his case highlights a greater problem regarding false confessions and wrongful convictions that some argue are not uncommon occurrences in Lake County.