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Monday, August 5, 2013

Radley Balko ...

... has a long ... long look at prosecutors:

NEW ORLEANS -- Some questions seem particularly prone to set John Thompson off. Here's one he gets a lot: Have the prosecutors who sent him to death row ever apologized?
Man convicted of two crimes he didn't commit (through prosecutorial misconduct), is exonerated, retried and acquitted and yet the men who put him on death row face no consequences.

I've long been a proponent of the death penalty, but as it's currently applied I cannot support it, especially when it could kill an innocent man or woman. Men and women running for office who can't admit mistakes I look at with great suspicion (Rick Perry).

And though it didn't involve the death penalty, even in small-town USA there are instances where prosecutors seem to go for broke because of the nature of the charges.

I understand that Claire Wolfe thinks we're still in the awkward stage, but damn it seems like we're going to have to start shooting ... and soon!


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