Thursday, May 28, 2009

The DA and the Exoneree

Here's Larry King's interview with the most recent Dallas exoneree Jerry Lee Evans. Towards the end of the video, King speaks with Dallas DA Craig Watkins. His smart on crime approach is the gold standard for American justice.

1 comment:

Marcia McGuire said...

Until the criminal justice system in the U.S. is fully committed to integrity, these cruel injustices will continue. The emmphasis is primarily on the win not the truth. Judges and prosecutors have demonstrated histrionic personalities in the courtrooms. Not all of them are attracted to the attention and drama ANY win will give, but most certainly one is literally one too many.

One unfortunate man is incarcerated at Kit Carson on a rape charge from a woman who identified him simply on a dream she had. Nothing else ties Clarence Moses to this crime, but Morrissey and Ritter continue to uphold the injustice done to this man and many others. The evidence that could have exonerated Clarence was destroyed. Whether destroyed evidence was done "in good faith" (whatever that means ... excuse?) or not, it is unacceptable and deserves consequences for being careless especially in a position where an innocent man or woman's life depends on all crucial information that leads to truth, not simply any conviction.

Google: clarence moses denver colorado

At least the state of Texas is compensating Mr. Evans. Colorado would give $100.00 (as with all inmates) and open the gates. End of story. The free passes and immunity the judges and prosecutors are given in Colorado encourage criminal decisions by the very people we employ to behave (not 'act') honorably on the bench. No consequences. However, a fearful and reverent attitude is demanded for everyone entering the courtrooms.

Be prepared to feel outraged upon reading the several articles about Clarence Moses and the Denver prosecutor and governor, who choose to ignore the plights of the innocent. The life of Mr. Moses is forever destroyed.

Since some of those in the political and judicial occupations lack conscience, could it be that they don't have any religious or spiritual beliefs that justice will ultimately be served upon them, or do they truly believe they are 100% right? Disturbing.

Craig Watkins is too kind when using the word "naive" to describe those who believe mistakes are not made in the criminal justice field. Every judge, every prosecutor and every politician working in equity know that all motives and decisions are not impeccable.