Thursday, January 19, 2012

District Attorneys Should Be Investigated in Repeat Cases of Falsely Accused Black Prisoners Exonerated by DNA Evidence

Justice is not in the law books.  It resides in the human heart.  What are each of us willing to put up with, to speak out against, to fight for?  And what are we willing to blind ourselves to?   Let me get more specific.

Harold Richardson is greeted by his family after his release from prison. Harold spent 17 years behind bars for a crime that he did not commit. His sentence was vacated when DNA evidence linked a convicted murder to the crime.

Read here the story of James Harden, who served twenty years of a prison term for rape and murder, which DNA evidence proved to have been perpetrated by another man. Eric Cane was cleared of charges after spending twenty-five years in prison for a murder he did not commit.There are dozens of other such cases (see Exoneration Project).  A federal investigation needs to be launched into the identities of  District attorneys, involved in repeat cases of falsely accused black men serving long prison terms, who were later exonerated by DNA evidence.

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