Approximately 25 percent of wrongful convictions are made because of incriminating statements and false confessions. In more than a third of these, defendants were developmentally disabled and under the age of eighteen.
15 percent of cases were later overturned by DNA evidence relied on informants or "snitches." Most snitch testimony is considered unreliable, since it is often offered in return for dropped charges and other deals.
Pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa tripled in 2008. Somali pirates assaulted more than a hundred ships and captured at least forty, extorting up to $150 million in ransom from ship owners around the world.