Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on the exoneration of an innocent

How do you right this wrong?

My husband asked me that question earlier today.  We were talking about a travesty of justice being denied. Justice was delayed for about 30 years!

"It's a joy to be free again," Cornelius Dupree Jr. told a courtroom full of lawyers, courthouse staff, media members and several fellow DNA exonerees this morning during his very brief testimony. Dupree spent 30 years in jail serving time for a robbery and rape he did not commit, but the hearing that exonerated him took only a few minutes. He served the most time of any person exonerated by DNA in Dallas County. After the judge told him he was free to go, applause and cries of "All right!" erupted in the courtroom.

Dupree, who is 51 now but was 21 when he was incarcerated in 1980 after a fudged eyewitness lineup resulted in faulty eyewitness identification, smiled broadly during the proceedings but spoke of "mixed emotions" about his official declaration of innocence. He's been out on parole since July of last year and married his wife the day he was released.

Still, he told reporters, "Words really can't make up for what I lost." While serving time, he said, "it was only by the grace of God that I was able to sustain."

This gentleman entered the prison system as a babe and has come out a lion.

What do you think?  How do you right this wrong?

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