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Old 04-19-2015, 10:19 AM
 
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I'd be much more bitter if I was in same situation.

After 39 years in prison, an epic tale of innocence found and bitterness lost - CSMonitor.com

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If Jackson is preoccupied, he can be forgiven. Hes had a lot on his mind since he left prison. Hes been thinking about what to do with the remainder of his life. About what to make of the lie that landed him on death row at age 18, making him the longest-serving wrongfully convicted person in American history.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Well at least they realised THEY DIDNT KNOW FOR SURE so they didnt go thru with the execution....

Poor guy
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:37 PM
 
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Well at least they realised THEY DIDNT KNOW FOR SURE so they didnt go thru with the execution....

Poor guy
That's not why he wasn't executed. First, he had appeals, and then ...

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In 1978, the US Supreme Court deemed Ohios death penalty unconstitutional, and the sentences of everyone on death row were commuted to life in prison.
They would have been happy to execute him on the basis of a "witness" who was coerced into lying.

Poor guy, indeed. I cannot imagine how horrific those 39 years were.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:52 PM
 
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It's disgusting that he only received $2 million in compensation for all the time he spent in prison while the McDonald family received $5 million for the loss of their son shot dead in Chicago barely six months ago: $5 million settlement in the case of Laquan McDonald shooting
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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www.innocenceproject.org

www.falsejustice.com

www.chasingjustice.com
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:35 PM
 
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More than 150 people have been exonerated from the death row just in the last 40 years, thanks in large part to the advent of DNA evidence. That is a compelling argument against the death penalty. Or do the proponents don't give a crap about putting innocent people to death, and then saying oops later?

Mick
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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More than 150 people have been exonerated from the death row just in the last 40 years, thanks in large part to the advent of DNA evidence. That is a compelling argument against the death penalty. Or do the proponents don't give a crap about putting innocent people to death, and then saying oops later?

Mick
If the system gets this many wrong for a crime as serious as murder, how many innocent people get convicted of lesser crimes everyday?
(read: a lot)
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:35 PM
 
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If the system gets this many wrong for a crime as serious as murder, how many innocent people get convicted of lesser crimes everyday?
(read: a lot)

Also important to note:

The amount of innocent people that are indirectly forced into taking plea bargains for crimes they did not commit. Which in almost every state, when a plea bargain is taken, a person cannot have the conviction overturned later if new evidence surfaces because they waived their right to an appeal when they took the plea bargain.

A prime example of that is Kerry Max Cook who served 23 years on death row in Texas and prior to another trial at the 23 year mark he took a plea bargain that required he admitted he committed the murder and rape but would get credit for time served and get out of prison.

He was cleared through DNA evidence two years later but cannot appeal his conviction because he took a plea bargain before the appeal trial. If he had not taken that plea bargain and been convicted at the trial that was pending, he would have been executed as opposed to being released and the resulting DNA evidence and re-opening of the case by the Innocence Project would have not occurred.

Just food for thought.


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Old 04-19-2015, 08:04 PM
 
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More than 150 people have been exonerated from the death row just in the last 40 years, thanks in large part to the advent of DNA evidence. That is a compelling argument against the death penalty. Or do the proponents don't give a crap about putting innocent people to death, and then saying oops later?

Mick
I do not believe it is an either or proposition.
The fact that DNA testing is now widely used increases, not decreases the likelihood for convicting the correct criminal.

The death penalty should remain as there are those animals out there that genuinely deserve it. Remember, though most on death row deny guilt, many are proved guilty beyond any doubt.
Additionally having the death penalty can be used as leverage to get confessions that otherwise would not be forthcoming. It can therefore give some peace to a family to not only find out what happened to a missing loved one, but be able to give them a proper burial.
Without the threat of it, many would never confess to additional crimes or divulge where they had dumped the bodies.

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Old 04-20-2015, 03:27 AM
 
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I do not believe it is an either or proposition.
The fact that DNA testing is now widely used increases, not decreases the likelihood for convicting the correct criminal.

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That assumes the evidence wasn't flawed in the first place: http://www.city-data.com/forum/39279663-post1.html
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