If you have not read this story, you should. This is the real crime in our Justice System. Our justice system is supposed to prevent this injustice from happening, but fails dramatically in doing so. What kind of justice does a man get for being incarcerated for the entirety of his useful manhood, for a crime he did not commit? Think about this . . . Incarcerated for 31 years . . .
“Although I’ve spent more than half of my life locked up for a crime I did not do, I am not bitter or angry at anyone, because I have found the Lord and married a good wife,” McKinney said. “All I ask is that I be treated right and fair for what has happened to me. I didn’t do nothing, and I just want to be treated right.”
The likelihood that I would not be bitter, right! I think that every person that helped in the prosecution of this man and similar cases should be prosecuted for putting this man away for 31 years, including the victim and Judge. And, the State need not pay for the false prison term, nor set a monetary figure in compensation. Simply take all the property of those that helped in the prosecution and hand it over to the the guy falsely accused.
You see, murder, rape, robbery, and most the rest are nowhere near as serious an offence as being imprisoned for an offence you did not commit. The guy was arrested at 22 and he is now 61, yep, I would be one angry, revenge hunting, son-of-a-@#$% no matter what anyone thought. And, then you hand me $75.00 to start the end of my life? Yeah-Buddy! IF THERE WAS ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED. AND, IF THERE WAS ANY REASONABLE DOUBT OF HIS CONVICTION HE SHOULD OF NOT BEEN RELEASED. THERE MAY BE ONE, BUT I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF AN ACTUAL JUDGE SERVING A PRISON AUTHORITY NOR IS A PRISON AUTHORITY A COURT OF LAW. So, why the hell is a Prison Authority involved in his exoneration?
Twenty-five to thirty years later the DNA proving he didn’t do it is ridiculous. Every single case of a serious nature that has resulted in a conviction in which the possibility of DNA evidence would cause the case to change that “reasonable doubt” should have been tested long ago now. We are failing the most important rules of law. We qare convicting people for crimes they did not commit, making our Courts more criminal than the crimes tried.
Think about it this way . . . By convicting the wrong person, not only have you taken his freedom, but you have also left the guilty offender on the streets to commit his crimes again. It goes without saying . . . most of these convictions are Black men, but why does that matter?