Bad math in court is something that happens over and over again and because of it, many innocent victims have been jailed and punished unjustly over the years. The problem is not some sort of miscalculation, but the refusal of the court to recalculate. More than often enough, the judge refuses to reexamine the collected DNA in an investigation case. What the people of the court fail to realize at times is that probability is not a one off thing, it is something that should be repeated at least more than once and can even be repeated over and over again. The flipping of a coin is frequently used to explain this logic and will be explained in following paragraphs. Sometimes statistician will state that there is only a one in a million chance
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Coming from an actively based political family, I make it a responsibility of mine to keep up with World Wide news. I have watched and kept up with numerous court cases and trials. A few that stuck out to me over the last few years was Sally Clark’s and Amanda Knox’s court cases. What was so intriguing about theirs was the fact that although they were accused and eventually jailed for murder, after a couple of years they were let free by the court because of incorrect statistics that had been used during their trial. I found it quite odd that something as simple as statistics could be misused and ultimately, disregarded. Soon enough I forgot about these cases, but imagine my surprise, a few years later, when the very subject I am researching, is directly connected to those fascinating and mind-boggling cases.
The first case that I will be exploring is one that took the world by storm back in 2007: Amanda Knox.
“A British exchange student, Meredith Kercher, was found stabbed to death at the house she shared in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007. Kercher's housemate, Amanda Knox, and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were accused of her murder, along with a third man, Ivorian drifter Rudy Guede.
Guede was convicted and jailed for 16 years. Knox and Sollecito were convicted of murder and sexual violence in December 2009 and jailed for 26 years and 25 years respectively. But in October 2011, the pair were freed on appeal after doubts were raised about the