Waiting is a Beast

Below is a link to a 17 minute video. This is Prof. Theresa Newman giving a recent TED Talk. She is co-director of the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic.

I have had the distinct honor and privilege of working with this lady on a number of wrongful conviction cases in North Carolina. She is one of those people who we should have many, many more of in this world.

Interestingly, I was deeply involved in both the cases she talks about. And I can say that, for all of us, the decision in Derrick’s case was truly a gut punch, as you will see. Unfortunately, this came at the same time that we lost “Al’s” case here in Ohio. Al had documentation and witnesses to prove he was in NY City at the time the murder was committed in Lorain, OH; but because of false eyewitness testimony, he was convicted – and the conviction was upheld.

We relish being able to talk about the successes, the exonerations, but they are truly rare compared to the number of wrongful convictions that exist. This is a heartwrenching business.

Prof. Newman talks about establishing a new paradigm for resolving wrongful conviction cases; but the wait will be long, and . . . . . . .

Waiting is a Beast

 

5 responses to “Waiting is a Beast

  1. I was kick out of my house torture,harrasse and bullied by the RCMP
    Because of the wrong doing of other calling the RCMP was even worst they help the crooks,here in Canada our system is design for the rich I was force to go to court two days no lawyer they I mean the crooks lied for two days,and I showed the judge pictures of what was really going on,but here in Canada it’s money first or no justice after.
    It’s the RCMP responsible the crown lawyer and right up to the minister of justice for Nova Scotia,and amediately after my trail he was made a Supreme Court judge of the wrong doing of kicking an innocent person out of his own house. Our Justice system is crooked when it comes to the poor.

  2. Mr. Locke, This is the saddest news to hear. “We relish being able to talk about the successes, the exonerations, but they are truly rare compared to the number of wrongful convictions that exist. This is a heartwrenching business.”

    Our 11 year battle fighting the wrongful conviction of our daughter, Courtney Bisbee, confirms it. Behind all the “feel-good” titles, phrases and “marketing spin”, the “reality” should never be ignored in all the discussions, or we are doing a great disservice to the thousands of innocent men, women and children and their families who are victims of the broken justice system that is self-destructing our people at their expense. Where they are all at risk as future “customers”.

    When a system is out of control, fails to follow the U.S. Constitution, tortures in many ways — it shows, it no longer cares about the people and who they destroy, as they seek power, control and money – which is a stain on America, “land of the free”.

    Reality is devastating. Our once wonderful lives, innocence and trust have been destroyed. We are in a battle for our very survival in the war on us and our own people.

  3. Arizona: Yesterday, we attended Debra Milke’s press conference discussing her story, after her 25 year ordeal; 23 year on death row and today, Louisiana’s Stroud – this prosecutor apologizing and discussing on what happens in a wrongful conviction … the destruction.

    “Lead prosecutor apologizes for role in sending Glenn Ford to death row” | The Times 3/25/15

    STROUD: DEATH PENALTY IS ‘ABOMINATION THAT CONTINUES TO SCAR THE FIBERS OF THIS SOCIETY’ A.M. “Marty” Stroud III , Shreveport

    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/longform/opinion/readers/2015/03/20/lead-prosecutor-offers-apology-in-the-case-of-exonerated-death-row-inmate-glenn-ford/25049063/

    “Editor’s Note: Attorney A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, of Shreveport, was the lead prosecutor in the December 1984 first-degree murder trial of Glenn Ford, who was sentenced to death for the Nov. 5, 1983 death of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman. Ford was released from prison March 11, 2014, after the state admitted new evidence proving Ford was not the killer. Stroud is responding to an editorial in the March 6 edition of The Times that urged the state to now give Ford justice by not fighting compensation allowed for those wrongfully convicted.”

  4. Apology Lite: prosecutor wants taxpayers to pay for his “mistakes”
    by Susan Chandler

    “Lead prosecutor apologizes for role in sending Glenn Ford to death row

    I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family.

    I apologize to the family of Mr. Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure.

    I apologize to the members of the jury for not having all of the story that should have been disclosed to them.

    I apologize to the court in not having been more diligent in my duty to ensure that proper disclosures of any exculpatory evidence had been provided to the defense.

    Glenn Ford deserves every penny owed to him under the compensation statute.

    via Lead prosecutor apologizes for role in sending Glenn Ford to death row.

    ———————————————–

    If you read the article from start to finish, you’ll find that A. M. “Marty” Stroud III is only kinda sorta sorry that he participated in railroading Glenn Ford. (And, yes, it is indeed railroading when a prosecutor hears stories that undercut his theory of the crime, and ignores them.)

    Contrary to the content of Stroud’s Apology Lite, Glenn Ford doesn’t deserve exoneration compensation from fellow Louisianians for his 30 wrongful years on death row.

    Taxpayers were already tapped to persecute and incarcerate an innocent, while a killer remained among them. Included in the money they were defrauded of was the wages and benefits of Stroud and others who were too lazy to follow every lead, and by a judge that was so prejudiced that an all-white jury was allowed to determine the fate of a black man.

    Until the public servants pay directly for their mistakes and/or malice, they will continue to be lazy, crazy, and – perhaps worst of all – whiny.

    I’ve worked with physicians that were 33-years-old, or younger. They didn’t expect the burden of any mistake to fall on anyone but themselves. The full burden.

    Stroud expects the burden of his “mistakes,” at age 33, to fall fully upon Louisianians.

    He said he was arrogant then.

    I say he is arrogant now, perhaps more so than when he was 33 … explaining why he chastised the newspaper within his Apology Lite instead of saving that rant for another day, on top of feeling no personal financial responsibility to make Glenn Ford whole.

    The American Bar Association is supposed to be holding public attorneys accountable for their behaviors. Their federal income tax exemption is based upon equally serving the public and their members, which couldn’t possibly be further from the truth.

    Until the ABA holds public attorneys accountable, we’ll be subject to lazy, crazy, whiny prosecutors and judges who believe in “no fault” exonerations that punish only taxpayers.

    The IRS Oversight Board must retroactively void the American Bar Association’s tax exemption, following California’s lead in voiding Blue Shield’s tax exemption.

    Please sign and share this petition – let’s stop the lazy, crazy, whining of public servants that want us to pick up the tab for their mistakes and malice. Thank you.”

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/irs-oversight-board-bust

  5. Reblogged this on Wrongly Convicted Group Website and commented:
    I hadn’t heard of this approach before “Present to prosecutors, victim’s families.”

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