When innocence industry attorneys are involved in exonerations, mainstream media accounts all sound or read pretty much the same, even when circumstances indicate that the exoneration has provided proof that police, prosecutorial and/or judicial misconduct is serial, rather than singular, in a specific location.The exoneree typically says – in his own words – that he’s not bitter, only looking forward, and is glad that justice was served, all of which he will admit are lies, off the record, with “justice was served” being the hardest lie to swallow (in my experience).
Davontae’s coerced confession was like Eddie Joe Lloyd’s before it. Eddie’s exoneration compensation agreement contractually bound the Detroit Police Department to record all interrogations, not the end product of coercing a vulnerable individual into confessing … Eddie was mentally ill, Davontae was developmentally delayed, and only 14. He is also half blind, which made even fleeting thought of him being a precocious hit man absolutely absurd.
Detroiters and Michigan residents paid out a fortune to Eddie and his attorneys, even though the taxpayers did nothing wrong. Off the record, exonerees are only too happy to tell you where they want their exoneration compensation to come from … the officers and prosecutors that framed them, as well as any judges who tried to keep their frame-ups intact. It likely won’t be long before exonerees start adding networks and publications to their list of who should be on-the-hook other than taxpayers. Maybe even specific reporters.
And they should. I haven’t seen or heard one mainstream media accounting of Davontae’s exoneration that references Eddie’s exoneration compensation agreement that required them to record all of their interrogations of Davontae.
If feds had stepped in when DNA exonerated a 100th individual – Ray Krone, April 24, 2002 – and began to investigate and prosecute Failure to Keep From Harm made obvious by media accounts of exonerations, feeble as they were (and still are), millions of Americans would have gotten relief from corrupt public servants that break laws all day long, not just when they’re arresting or prosecuting or sentencing someone that’s obviously innocent, like Davontae, or likely innocent, like Eddie.
Sanford speaks out after perjury warrant denied for Detroit officer who helped put him away
“I was hurt,” Sanford said. “Every time I turn around, like, I’m the one being attacked when I’m the one that was being victimized. I was the one in prison for a crime I didn’t commit. I was holding to that maybe, just maybe, she would do the right thing this time.”
Sanford said he is being unfairly represented by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
“I think the main reason she didn’t want to charge [former Detroit Police Deputy Chief James] Tolbert is because, you got to think about it, if he lied on my case, how many other cases he did lie on?” Sanford said. “I don’t think she wants to deal with that.”