Archive for January 25, 2010

Good Article On Louisiana’s Death Row Exonerations

January 25, 2010

From the Times over the weekend.

Eight men have been found innocent of the crimes that put them on Louisiana’s death row. All were exonerated before they were put to death and ultimately freed from prison.

Most often, those exonerations came after it was revealed that prosecutors withheld evidence that was favorable to the defendant, relied on the testimony of a jailhouse snitch or used faulty eyewitness identification to gain a conviction.

If you’re familiar with the issue, there’s nothing new in it. If you aren’t, you need to read it before ever again thinking or speaking about capital punishment.

The sad part is that nothing will ever change. There’s no incentive for any politician to advocate legal reforms. On the contrary, anyone who did would be digging their own political grave.