No system is perfect and the 1996 conviction of 16-year-old Shareef Cousin is a prime example of just how broken the justice system can be. Though Cousin had an airtight alibi and was even filmed having been elsewhere at the time of the crime, a New Orleans detective was found to have lied about two eyewitnesses and the prosecution was alleged to have directed a witness to perjure himself on the stand. The truth wound up losing to incriminating fallacies and Cousin was sentenced to death. In 2005, after several attempts at having the case reevaluated for misconduct, Cousin was paroled. Three years later, he squandered his renewed freedom and was sentenced to 10 years after being caught stealing his boss’ identity.