Monday, April 21, 2014

Actual Innocence is a cautionary tale

Actual Innocence is a startling book.  Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer wrote it, all of whom are superb lawyers.  They are particularly adept at getting innocent people out of prison.

The book chronicles stories of prosecutorial misconduct, junk science, incompetent medical experts and racially biased juries.  Likewise, the book discusses the impact on the innocent men who rotted in prison for years for crimes they didn't commit.

Sadly North Carolina has sent many innocent people to prison, and some innocent people have been executed, yet lawyers and the public remain largely silent.  This is sad.

Where is the public outcry for the innocent?  When Darryl Hunt was exonerated racist people scoffed at the settlement he received.  The money was a pittance he received for being deprived of his freedom.

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