An Innocence Industry has developed, employing an army of attorneys to prevent future wrongful convictions while hundreds, if not thousands, of innocents nationwide face dying of old age behind bars.
There are over 5,000 criminal investigations that were clouded by the use of discredited dog handlers, debunked bullet lead analysis and defeated fire forensics. Then there’s The Innocence Project’s stats, indicating that 25% of their DNA exonerated clients confessed falsely, many by coercion. And in 75% of their exonerations (some overlapping with false confessions), eyewitness misidentification played a role. And that’s not all.
There was skullduggery, police and prosecutorial. Withheld evidence, witness intimidation, coached informants, etc. How did they dare?
Civil Immunities … many constructed in nonsensical case law. Prosecutors are immune from prosecution on the flawed premise that the Bar self-polices, which they don’t. If they did, fines or suspension or disbarment would be inadequate punishment for framing an innocent.
The army of attorneys know that federal legislation can make those immunities go away; they know that the FBI is mandated to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes, with the DOJ prosecuting.
But the Innocence Industry didn’t ask Congress for legislation to get rid of immunities, and they didn’t ask the FBI for investigations of the pockets of corruption revealed by exonerations.
The press should be asking the Innocence Industry – point blank – if they’re more interested in self-perpetuation than justice. Instead, a few puzzled activists are asking. And we’re asking the press why they wouldn’t ask the obvious question. It’s a war of words, thank goodness; I’m too physically damaged for much else. And thankfully, there are words available that are far more compelling than mine …
“Democracies die behind closed doors. The First Amendment, through a free press, protects the people’s right to know that their government acts fairly, lawfully, and accurately.” Judge Damon Keith, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals