In 1931 these young men were tried for gang-rape and assault. Sentenced to death, but after the first trial were found innocent because one of the plaintiffs confessed the true events of the incident.
Sam Sheppard was accused of murdering his wife in 1954. After two trials(1954 & 1966) he was found innocent after the second. After his death in 1970 the case was revisited in 2000 after Sheppard’s son filed a civil suit in 1997. Sheppard was found guilty of the crime.
Rodney King was beaten mercilessly upon his arrest in 1991 by officers. The officers were tried but the jury’s verdict dismissed the evidence of the videotape showing the officers actions saying that the tape was not sufficient evidence to try the officers.