Using a loop hole Under US law where the Law Enforcement authorities in the USA do not even have to record a statement from suspects giving their side of the story before any accusations or indictments are brought, Bharara filed Indictments left and right, especially against many high profile individuals including a Sri Lankan Businessman and Investor Recently, using the resultant media blitz to fuel his ambitions to run for the New York Governorship in 2018.
According to a study conducted by Mr. Ronald C Huff, Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University, Professor Arye Rattner, professor of sociology at the University of Haifa, Israel and the late Edward Sagarin, who was a professor of sociology at City College and City University of New York, as much as 10,000 people per annum are wrongfully convicted in the USA for serious crimes. These findings have been published in a book ‘Convicted but Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy (Sage Publications, 1996)’.
The Innocence Project an NGO committed to saving victims of wrongful convictions have so far saved 349 innocent persons, from Jail or worse, some after having wrongfully served 30 to 35 years in prison and their lives destroyed permanently. Needless say their work has been limited to those who are innocent and had managed to stay a live due to pending appeals against execution.
Legal sources in New York stated that ‘hopefully the era of Indicting people for personal gain has now come to an end. People from all parts of the world irrespective of their, color, race and creed must be allowed to participate in their legitimate business activities without fear of unnecessary Prosecution’.