Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on the trade of money for freedom

This Chicago Criminal attorney just posted last week about getting the wrong guy.  In that local case a cop, no less, was charged with brutal attacks and a murder.  

Now, twenty-seven years later, a much-belated apology to an innocent.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously decided on Wednesday that a man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit is actually innocent.
"I almost feel like crying from the joy," said Michael Anthony Green. "It's great for the state to acknowledge something I tried to tell them from the get-go."
The 45-year-old said the decision from the state's highest court for criminal law is a weight lifted off his shoulders.
The ruling also clears the way for Green to work toward a settlement of more than $2 million from the state, his attorney, Bob Wicoff said.
Wicoff said he also expected to ask for an official pardon for Green.
Faulty eyewitness identification in 1983 sent Green to prison for 75 years for the rape of a Houston woman.
 This man has been incarcerated for his entire adult life.  Is there any amount of money that can actually compensate him for wrongfully losing his freedom? 

What can we do, as a society, to insure that the wrong person doesn’t have to pay the ultimate price for a mistake?

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