Man Released From Death Row After DNA Proves Innocence

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    If these guys were wrongly convicted, and if the crime actually happened, the actual perp is still out there, unless he’s been caught for something else, or died.
    The issue of getting the wrong guy for rape is particularly troubling. You’d think DNA would be the first thing investigators went for, except for Nifong, and, while you might not catch the right guy, at least you wouldn’t have the wrong guy.
    Withholding exculpatory evidence–which is sometimes the case–ought to cause the prosecutor to spend a goodish time in jail. More likely, he’ll become a judge.

  2. The Innocence Project are doing great work freeing these men and exposing huge flaws in the judicial system. This is another reason why, aside from it being barbaric, there should be no death penalty. It doesn’t bear thinking about how many innocent people have been murdered by the state for crimes they did not commit.

  3. I went to the Innocence Project some time ago and did a search and ALMOST all the people who have been freed were convicted of crimes against a wom(e)n , is this a coincidence, I keep hearing how we don’t take rape and sexual assault seriously , YET almost all the people who this org has freed were wrongly convicted of a crime and supposedly we don’t take seriously. Weird part is even most of the women who have been freed were convicted of crimes against women.


    • I keep hearing how we don’t take rape and sexual assault seriously…

      That’s because to people like that “take rape/sexual assault seriously” would mean something to the effect of rape/sexual assault against women falling to zero (and yes the concern is gendered).

      If anything it seems like it might be getting taken too seriously in some cases. Taken so seriously that little things like actual evidence (as in there is not enough evidence to convict or evidence that could lead to acquittal is actively ignored) don’t matter.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    Aspire,

    The IP began with the public purpose of going after death row/murder issues. I don’t know if that was the purpose of the organization itself, but that was how it was originally perceived.
    The issue of guys, or women, wrongly convicted of crimes against women is really, really touchy.
    Remember, you have to believe women. Women never lie. Etc.
    And now….

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