Port St. Lucie man confesses to involvement in 1986 homicide of Vero Beach man » TCPalm.com
“Years of having the incident on his mind made Kerry Arthur Jacob come forward. The 48-year-old Port St. Lucie man came to the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office Thursday and confessed to his role in the 1986 homicide of 22-year-old David “Scotty” Smith, an arrest affidavit released Friday states.”
Professional hit man Vincent Smothers stepping up and confessing to a quadruple homicide to try and free innocent young Davontae Sanford made my heart soar.
But, in the decade-plus of battling apathetic, incompetent and corrupt public servants, nothing has given me more You-Can’t-Crush-This hope than Kerry Jacob coming forward after 22 years … he wasn’t even a suspect; there was no incarcerated innocent to free. Jacob wanted peace … for himself and for his victim’s family.
If enough criminals man up like Jacob, it’s game-over for conviction corruption.
The incarcerated innocents in our hellish prisons should start dreaming of Jacob’s Ladder getting them over the razor wire … dreams of not only perpetrators coming forward, but coached jailhouse informants that got “walks” and wrist-slaps.
Dreaming of Jacob’s Ladder is more reasonable than dreaming that dirty public servants will suddenly begin admitting their roles in making justice routinely unavailable.
Davontae Sanford was arrested in 2007. Vincent Smothers confessed in 2008. Davontae is still inside.
The FBI and DoJ are supposed to investigate and prosecute conviction corruption. They take their pay and look the other away, knowing there are thousands of known incarcerated innocents just like Davontae.
Rapists, robbers and killers: your country needs you to find your consciences. Only your truthfulness can cure conviction corruption … and curing conviction corruption will end most other corruption.
Do the time if you did the crime … step up to clean up messes that no one else can.
Don’t come forward to public servants. They’ll ignore you, like they did the real rapist that tried to clear Timothy Cole, who died of an asthma attack in prison and was later DNA-exonerated.
Don’t call the complicit mainstream media, either – call Rolling Stone or Mother Jones. Make nothing up, and don’t expect the public to embrace you. They won’t “get it” until thug after thug on the public payroll begins wearing orange.
Be a rung on Jacob’s Ladder.