Thursday, April 02, 2009

Exoneration for the Privileged, Update

Apparently I'm not the only one who wonders if exoneration was easier for Ted Stevens than for those less wealthy.

Joshua Holland writes today of the Steven's case that it, "highlights the fact that we have -- and have always had -- two justice systems, one for those with the means to work it and the other for the rest of us."

Take a minute to read Holland's contrast of Stevens' with those of others who have suffered even greater misconduct at the hands of authorities, and who have spent many years behind bars--even on death row--waiting for the "the cloud to be removed," as Stevens puts it.

Holland's bottom line:

There are many differences between the facts of Stevens' case and those of Madison Hobley, Troy Davis or dozens of similar ones. But if you believe that Davis, Hobley and those others -- and their families -- would have suffered through the same years of agony if they'd been Washington power-brokers with the best legal teams money could buy, then you just don't understand the true meaning of "American justice."

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