Source: CNN News Online
Where’s the compensation?
Thomas A. Doswell walked out of the county jail a free man — expressing thanks, not bitterness.
Well, I am not thankful. I will express the bitterness because of this man’s suffering. He was convicted of a rape and spent 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
He said, “I’m thankful justice has been served. The court system is not perfect, but it works.”
If it worked, he would not have been convicted in the first place. He was denied parole four times because he maintained his innocence. Prosecutors even opposed DNA testing, but a good judge ordered it be done. Why did the prosecutors oppose DNA testing? To hazard a guess, I would believe that they are guilty of railroading or at least the original prosecutors were guilty of railroading.
Colin Starger of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York said, “These tests confirmed what Mr. Doswell has been saying from the moment he was charged, that he was innocent and that this was a misidentification brought about by police officers who may have engaged in misconduct”.
Doswell said, “I couldn’t walk around with anger and bitterness. It would have done me more harm than good.”
Well I will speak that which he will not. I am not so forgiving of the sins of bad cops and bad prosecutors. Here is a real-life case, not something depicted in a Hollywood movie – cops and prosecutors just wanting a conviction at all cost. Until our government reins in these rogue villainous cops, who are supposed to “protect and serve,” and the rogue villainous prosecutors that carry out their function like religious fanatics, then the system will never be good.
We cannot have prosecutors in position who only care about putting another notch on their rifle handle.
Doswell has had 1/3 of his life taken away. Does the government provide some type of compensation for this? I don’t know, do you? I know I would be screaming for compensation of some sort.
God be damned these rogue cops and prosecutors!