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Saturday, April 12, 2008

A System Flawed!

I was reading an article that reminds me why I am not impressed by what our court system has become. In theory, the system, as designed, is impressive. But it seems that we have become too bored, too careless, or even too self-absorbed to maintain the balance necessary to assure the system continually functions as intended. As a result, many lives have been detoured into an unforgiving nightmare. The story below is only one of many.

A 26-Year-Old Secret Could Free Inmate

By SHARON COHEN (AP National Writer)
From Associated Press
April 12, 2008 1:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO - For nearly 26 years, the affidavit was sealed in an envelope and stored in a locked box, tucked away with the lawyer's passport and will. Sometimes he stashed the box in his bedroom closet, other times under his bed.

It stayed there - year after year, decade after decade.

Then, about two years ago, Dale Coventry, the box's owner, got a call from his former colleague, W. Jamie Kunz. Both were once public defenders. They hadn't talked in a decade.

"We're both getting on in years," Kunz said. "We ought to do something with that affidavit to make sure it's not wasted in case we both leave this good Earth."


To read the rest of the article, go to Earthlink News .


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can a "christian nation" write its laws in such a way so as to legalize concealing the truth?,,,our righteousness is as filthy rags. In my opinion; the man killed two people by his crime and his lawyers helped kill the second victim.

Carrie K. Hutchens said...

I believe the original intent was to prevent this type of injustice.

Stepping beyond the witten law itself...

What type of police investigation was there?

What about the prosecutor?

What about the judge & jury?

How did innocence get past them?

 
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