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Our Judicial System is Flawed

February 26th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
I just finished watching ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ over the weekend and I am still sick about how terribly flawed our current judicial system is. For those of you not familiar with the renowned documentary, ‘Paradise … Purgatory’ , this is the third and last film of the trilogy documenting the arrest, wrongful imprisonment, and eventual release of the “West Memphis 3″(after spending nearly 20 years sitting in prison).
I won’t go into detail about the three esteemed documentaries (must see if you haven’t already) and in this blog I want to raise just one prodigious flaw in our system of justice: the insistence of the prosecution to hold innocent people in prison and overturn an initial ruling, even when there is overwhelming evidence proving innocence i.e. DNA. Not just in this case, but over and over again, I read in the paper and hear about so many people who are innocent, yet are still held in prison – simply because the state and the entire prosecution team doesn’t want to admit they are/were wrong. This is absolutely INSANE !!! We are talking about real human beings who are not guilty of the crime for which they were incarcerated and rotting in a cell because somebody is concerned about their career.
My opinion is that if any given individual is found to be not guilty by virtue of compelling evidence such as DNA, he or she ought to be released immediately !!! I know the law is complex, precise, and full of red tape but this is a no – brainer. Let these people out, then cross your T’s and dot your I’s afterwards.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? What drives me crazy is thinking about what kind of person[s] can sleep at night knowing, because you won’t admit you were wrong or made a mistake, there is a person in an 8 by 10 cell. Please, let us do something about this.

Take a look at the pictures I’ve posted here – the before and after mug shots; these innocent kids, now middle – aged spent most of their life in prison.

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4 Responses to “Our Judicial System is Flawed”

  1. Sal Paradise Says:

    The most common objection I’ve heard from judges and district attorneys to re-opening cases and overturning verdicts in the face of exonerating testimony or evidence is that a jury of peers previously found the defendant guilty. While true, this is often because the proverbial legal deck was stacked against the defendant, via factors such as economics and race. Notice how few stories there are about convicts who could afford $500/hour attorneys but whom later required newfound DNA evidence or someone’s deathbed confession to be released? Justice is a commodity, as for sale as any product and as relative as any other abstract principle. The same judges and DAs who defer to the legal appeal/recourse process the most adamently are those whose hubris and egos are threatened the most by a justfiably overturned conviction.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Once again Sal – you nailed this…the poor always get f*&*&*d & the system is screwy

  3. rick Says:

    The lawyers run the government. Therefore the government cowers to the lawyers. Its a cycle that needs to end.

  4. air jordan 1 chicago release dates Says:

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