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At least 1 in 25 people sentenced to the death penalty in the U.S. are innocent.
Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.
In 1917, Margaret Sanger was sentenced to 30 days in a workhouse for establishing the first birth control clinic in the U.S.
A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
James Holmes, the perpetrator of the Colorado movie theater mass shooting in 2012, was sentenced to 3,318 years in prison.
The man most responsible for the Rwandan Genocide was only sentenced to 35 years in prison.
In 2016, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for asserting his atheism through Twitter posts.
A London couple kept a man from Nigeria as their slave for 24 years before he finally escaped. They were finally arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2015.
In 2015, a Michigan doctor was sentenced to 45 years in prison for giving chemotherapy to patients who didn’t actually have cancer.
In 2005, the creator of China’s biggest porn website was sentenced to life in prison.
Three friends in their early 20’s were sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1997 for removing a stop sign as a prank in the U.S. and causing the deaths of 3 people.
Oscar Wilde was tried in 1895 for gross indecency over a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, and sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour.
Catholic priest Joseph Müller was sentenced to death for telling a political joke in Nazi Germany.