Archive for January 17th, 2011

January 17, 2011

Compensation Due Exonerated Inmates?

by lewwaters

The wheels of justice are slow moving and at times not moving at all, it seems. But by and large they do roll and even when a wrong was committed, such as convicting innocent people, correction of that wrong does happen.

I once knew an Army JAG (Judge Advocate General) Officer, an attorney, who told me he was taught in Law School, “It is better that 10 guilty go free than 1 innocent be convicted.” Unfortunately, innocent people are convicted, due to misidentification; wrongful recollection of victims and witnesses, overly zealous prosecutors, inept defense counsel, the list is almost endless.

We don’t have a perfect justice system, but we strive to be just and correct wrongs once discovered.

Such was the case with two convicted men in 1993 of the rape of a La Center woman, exonerated by DNA evidence last year in July. The improvements in DNA Evidence showed that neither man was responsible for the crime and charges were dropped, they were set free.

Due to no fault of their own, they also were exonerated in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in our countries history. The reasons why the economy is so bad are debated with fingers pointing everywhere, but the fact remains, their freedom came at a time the country is deeply struggling and many areas are facing double digit unemployment.

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