“I am willing to sacrifice more to prove my innocence,” Mr. Wagstaffe said. “To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the truth and what is right. My time is ripe. I won’t allow myself to be released with these conditions. It will be proven that I had nothing to do with this terrible crime, and then I will walk out of here.”
Rumpole asks, "what would you do?"
DNA EXONERATION TOO LATE.
We have often viewed the DNA exoneration of death row inmates with this troubling thought: what about all the wrongful convictions of those people not sentenced to death? Death penalty cases draw the most attention, not to mention the most of the precious resources needed to exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted. What about the inmate serving ten, or twenty, or thirty years who was also wrongfully convicted?
Most of wrongful conviction cases arise out of the use of eyewitness identification, which, for those of you who have read "The Seven Sins Of Memory" know is about as reliable as CIA intelligence on WMDs in Iraq.
Exoneration came way too late for Timothy Cole, who died in prison before he could be exonerated. Here is the link to the NPR article. Listen to the report. It is heart rendering. This young man was in high school with his whole life ahead of him, when a wayward accusation of rape, with no supporting physical evidence, overcame Mr. Cole's strong alibi in a Texas courtroom in 1985. Mr. Cole was black. He was with friends and family when the rape occurred. The victim was white. So was the Texas jury, and that was that.
As Timothy Cole sat weeping in his jail cell, the real rapist sat in the cell across from him, listening to the heart rendering cries of a young man whose future had just been wiped out.
Timothy Cole, who suffered from severe asthma, died in prison. DNA has now exonerated him completely. Listen to the NPR report and how Cole's attorneys could not get one Judge in Lubbock Texas to even re-examine the case after DNA cleared him, and the real rapist confessed.
Some great justice system we have. "The envy of the whole world" our politicians like to brag. Yeah.
See You Monday.