Friday, May 16, 2008

Do You Trust the "Justice System?"

Cleared by DNA, man tries to reclaim his life - Why? It is just another government system.

This is the story of an innocent man who spent 27 years in prison.
When he went off to prison, Ronald Reagan was president, gas was cheap, AIDS was barely on the radar and no one had a cell phone or a personal computer.
He was convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend. He was eventually cleared by DNA evidence, but there was other evidence that was suppressed by the "system" in this case.
The jury believed Woodard was the last person seen with the victim. But according to court records, there were two other men that were with her. Police never followed up on the lead and prosecutors never shared the information with defense attorneys, even though they were legally obligated to do so. [my emphasis: Z-Deb]

Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins is on a mission to right the wrongs of the past. He's suggesting that it's time to start prosecuting the prosecutors to keep innocent people like James Woodard from going to prison.
So the "system" - that would be the police and the prosecutors - basically decided that obeying the law themselves would be inconvenient. Or they decided he was guilty, and didn't need to bother with a fair trial.

With that other evidence, that jury may have found there was reasonable doubt. But we won't know, because this man was denied his rights by the "Justice System." He lost 27 years of his life - more since as he says, he hasn't got his life back yet.

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