Monday, September 22, 2008

Something Is Very Wrong With Our Justice System

Wrongly convicted rape defendant freed after 26 years | Dallas Morning News We rely on eye-witness testimony, and treat it like it is never wrong. But it is wrong all the time.
A jury convicted Mr. Lindsey, now 56, of sexually assaulting a woman near White Rock Lake in 1981. DNA tests proved that he was not the man responsible.
The police mailed the victim a photo lineup one year after the assault. His bosses testimony that he must have been at work - or there would have been work stoppages - was discounted.

27 years later he was proven to be innocent of the charge by DNA testing.
Mr. Lindsey became the 19th man cleared by DNA testing in Dallas County since 2001, when the Legislature began allowing post-conviction DNA testing.
The Legislature had to get involved because the "Justice System" wasn't interested in Justice. They won those cases. Why would they want to jeopardize their won/lost record?

How many innocent people have been sent to prison, where there is no DNA evidence to free them? Isn't there a better way?

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