I knew this guy form my little home town of Carman. The other day I served him toast and coffee at my new job. Can you imagine being wrongfully accused of something so horrible, and then going to jail for 14 years for it?
I just read there are 9.8 million people in jail.Texas is the highest (incarcerated population), with 5 times the average.In the USA it is estimated that 3000-150000 are actually innocent.
"Wrongfully convicted", not necessarily innocent. The accused's confession (thrown out), being fingered by his co-accused (thrown out), fibre evidence (thrown out) could all be bad police/crown work. The only one that could testify, the victim, is dead. "Presumed innocent" is all we can really say about the man. Murder's are committed all the time where there is no physical evidence retrievable from the crime scene. There's probably a lot of "wrongfully" convicted people in prisons (doesn't mean they're innocent), probably a few really innocent ones too (couldn't afford good or timely legal counsel) -- the numbers vary by country but in Canada the numbers are about one fifth to one quarter of people "get away with murder" -- that's a lot of "presumed innocents" walking around isn't it?
So what are you saying Mondo? You think he's quilty? Did you read that the lawyer who convicted him had 2 other wrongful convictions (6mill paid out) and the confession was part of a "Mr.Big" sting, after he had already been accused (and was being treated as a murderer already as a teenager). The hair wasn't his, the sweater wan't his, the confession ha gave was inaccurate, the jail house informant was discredited, and he maintained protesting innocence for the whole time, and his parents would sell their house and follow him from prison to prison. From what I can tell, the presumed innocent rule isn't even working well enough. 9.8 million people locked up, 750/100000 in Texas! When I heard Kyle speaking, I didn't sense evil, stupidity, perversion, he didn't seem demented, or mean. He seemed like a man who was robbed of 14 years, and still happy to be free. Upon his release, he seemed more interested in clearing his name than compensation. Just imagine for a second that you knew he was innocent. In that case wouldn't you think it unjust to deny him compensation. I mean if you KNEW.
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