The Rise in US Wrongful Convictions

The prison population in the US is estimated at 2.3 million.
The prison population in the US is estimated at 2.3 million.

The United States makes up only 5% of the world’s population, yet we incarcerate 25% of the world’s prison population. Does this mean that every person is in fact guilty?

The National Registry of Exonerations updated their findings in March 2015. The total number of 1555 Exonerees collectively served 14,429 years. More than 46% were due to government misconduct, and was highest in homicide cases (60%) and child sex abuse cases (44%).

How does this happen?

For every person who is found guilty by a judge or jury trial, 9 people will take a plea agreement to avoid a harsher sentence. No one knows how many are in fact innocent of the crime for which they will spend precious years of their lives in prison. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Law School estimates around 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent.
“The great majority of innocent people who are sentenced to death are never identified and freed,” said Samuel Gross, lead author of the study and a University of Michigan Law School professor.  He adds,”The purpose of our study is to account for the innocent defendants who are not exonerated.”

If we were to project the study out to the total 2.3 million prison population, more than 90,000 people could be in fact innocent.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin review requests from possible wrongful convictions
Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin review requests from possible wrongful convictions

2014 was a record year for releasing the wrongfully convicted according to the Exoneration Report from the University of Michigan with 125 exonerations, one of which was our client, Jonathan Fleming, on April 8, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.

Management Resources is responding to a record number of inquiries from those who are wrongfully incarcerated and reviewing several cases to assess if there is evidence to investigate further.

The Rise in US Wrongful Convictions

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

Jonathan Fleming: One Year Free

Jonathan Fleming leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court April 8, 2014
Jonathan Fleming leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court April 8, 2014

Twelve months to the day that we accepted his case, a phone call from Jonathan Fleming came from Wende Correctional Facility stating that his counselor had just left his cell. She told him she had received parole board hearing materials from his attorneys, his investigators, and his friends all supporting his release; however, she didn’t think he was going to need them.

She then said the words he longed to hear; that the next morning he was to be escorted for a scheduled appearance before a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge.

On April 8, 2014, as the world watched, Jonathan Fleming listened to Judge D’Emic vacate his conviction and legally tell him he was free, a completely free man.

After hugging his defense team, the tears fell as he ran to embrace his mother.

It was one year ago that Jonathan called me to ask “Yo, Kimmie! What’s going on?” He had been told he was to be produced in Brooklyn court the next day and was probably not coming back. In his voice I felt the shock and search for validation to the news that he must have been feeling.

It would take us weeks before we could come to the realization he was actually out in the world and not locked away in a cell,  wondering how he would reintegrate into a life he had been denied for almost 25 years. Everything had changed drastically, but he was able to quickly adapt and discovered new technologies, like cell phones!

The media attention in Jonathan’s case was phenomenal, scrutinizing not only his case, but the thousands of others that are still wrongly incarcerated. It also instilled in us the urgency that we must give these cases, to help bring about true justice within a system filled with misconduct.

As investigators we have been showered with awards and recognition for our work in Jonathan’s case, however, the drive behind the work was his mother, Patricia Fleming. She never gave up hope that her son would one day be set free.

Jonathan has had the opportunity to speak to several audiences this past year interested in learning more about wrongful convictions, as well as speaking to local groups about his experience.
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During his year of living as a free man, Jonathan has celebrated every holiday, his birthday, the birth of his granddaughter and the near loss of his beloved mother.

He has come back into society not as a broken and bitterly angry man, but instead a man who enjoys everyday of his freedom, loves to laugh and make others laugh, who reminds us that we have so much to be grateful for.

As his claims are filed and the negotiations begin, we will never lose sight of why we fight for him.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

Jonathan Fleming: One Year Free

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin Receive ALDONYS Investigator of the Year Award

On Friday, March 20, 2015 we gratefully accepted the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS) 2014 Investigator of the Year Award at the beautiful Water’s Edge Restaurant.

ADONYS Investigator of the Year Award
ALDONYS President Gil Alba, Kim Anklin, Bob Rahn and Mario Doyle

The only organization of its kind in New York State, ALDONYS upholds the reputation of the private investigation profession in numerous ways. It’s membership is composed of duly Licensed, New York State private investigators and watch guard and patrol license holders, their companies and their employees. To be distinguished by this organization is truly an honor. We were presented the prestigious Investigator of the Year Award for our work on the investigation and subsequent exoneration of Jonathan Fleming, wrongly convicted and incarcerated for 24 years of his life.

The one thing that kept us going through the year of investigation, to the day he was set free, was the promise we made to his mother, Patricia Fleming. She was in ill-health and we promised, no matter what, we would continue to work for Jonathan’s exoneration. Thankfully, she was able to be with him when he was released from prison and once again hold her only child in her arms.

ALDONYS Investigator of the Year Award
ALDONYS Investigator of the Year Award

Investigator of the Year Award Honors

Mrs. Patricia Fleming

Award dedicated to Mrs. FlemingWe decided our award should honor Mrs. Patricia Fleming who inspires us to continue to work for others who are wrongly incarcerated and to educate and encourage our peers to take on these cases as well. We’ve had the opportunity to speak to the public, to reach out about the issue of wrongful convictions, and hopefully inspire others to join us in our mission.

It’s been almost one year (April 8, 2014) since Jonathan Fleming was exonerated and it’s been filled with many proud moments, honors and awards. We are pleased to add the ALDONYS 2014 Investigator of the Year Award as one of those moments and thank all who made it possible.

We continue to work with Jonathan as he reintegrates and we are humbled by his positive and enthusiastic attitude, amazed at the strength he and his family have shown throughout his ordeal. Only through the dedication of a mother who would never give up are we able to have the good fortune to fulfill our promise to her.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence. Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

Defining Investigations

Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin, professional private investigators of Management Resources, LTD of NY
Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin, professional private investigators of Management Resources, LTD of NY

A recent article by Keith Owens in Pursuit Magazine includes the Dictionary.Com definition of “investigating” as

1. to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.

2. to search out and examine the particulars of in an attempt to learn the facts about something hidden, unique, or complex, especially in an attempt to find a motive, cause, or culprit.

Private investigators are not the stereotypes we often see in action movies and on television, but highly educated and trained analysts of information.

Examining original evidence is one of the key aspects to a systematic investigation. Evidence is scrutinized with new eyes when hired to conduct a criminal investigation and must be handled with professionalism and care.

Searching through existing evidence will occasionally lead to other indicators in a complex investigation. Oftentimes critical details are overlooked, or simply not explained correctly, and the significance can be a pivotal turning point for the case.

Investigate with Integrity

A private investigator’s background is crucial to conducting a professional investigation. Training and experience in law enforcement helps when coordinating with current officers assigned to a case, as an investigator will have developed similar skills, along with a keen intuition which often leads to uncovering clues.

One of the concerns of experienced investigators is the flood of unethical investigators who work cheaply, sometimes illegally, and give the profession a bad name. Integrity of the investigation must be held in the highest regard when pursuing justice. Those who hold themselves to a higher standard will have the respect of their peers, their clients, and the industry.

The devil is in the details and holds true as a benchmark of a successfully defined investigation.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Keeps Private Investigators Busy

Private Investigators and Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day can be disappointing when your partner is cheating

 

Each year in February calls to private investigators for cheating spouse and infidelity investigations increase.

Here are a few examples of why that may be:

  • The cheating spouse cannot help but lavish their “lover” with gifts for Valentine’s Day, usually in the form of sexy lingerie.
  • Statistics show that a person cheating will spend February 13th or February 15th with their lover and February 14th with their wife, girlfriend or partner.
  • Woman are more likely to be caught cheating on Valentine’s Day then men.

Partners in a relationship have certain expectations, and Valentine’s Day historically means a day to celebrate their love for one another. But, if one, or both, of the partners is keeping company with someone else, Valentine’s Day can become complicated.

A woman may expect flowers, jewelry, candy, or other gifts expressing her partner’s love for her. Or, a man may have expectations of celebrating with the gift of a special sexual encounter. But, when one or the other has to juggle an extra relationship, these expectations are likely to be disappointing.

We find that when there are suspicions of infidelity a partner wants to know, especially if they’ve been disappointed on Valentine’s Day. We believe this is the reason for the added calls for our services.

Suspicion of Cheating

Oftentimes a relationship goes bad when one partner suspects the other of cheating. The fear of not knowing the truth creates even further stress and leads to the breakdown of trust. However, there are ways to discreetly and safely get to the truth and be able to make informed decisions about future plans.

If you think your spouse or significant other is cheating now would be a good time to contact a private investigator.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com