Sunday, February 8, 2009

When will it end?

Here are two more stories in the seemingly never ending saga of wrongful convictions:

For Inmate Seeking Vindication, Freedom Can Wait

Texas: Dead Inmate is Exonerated

The Death Penalty Information Center reports that 130 individuals have been exonerated from death row in 26 states since 1973. One of these individuals was Idaho's Mr. Charles Fain, who spent 18 years thinking that the state was going to kill him.

When will this litany of wrongful prosecution and convictions end? When will we improve the investigative process, the forensic evidence, and the ethical standards of police, prosecutors, and judges? Time and confidence is slipping away from the criminal justice system as a national survey reveals.

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