The rantings of a Public Defender constantly fighting against society's pervasive Police Industrial Complex. Enjoy the unique perspective of one whose life's work is to fight the system through the system.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Actually Innocent? We Don't Give a Damn.

This is a short post. I haven't posted in a year, so a lot of things happened that I didn't comment on. Here is a big one. In Connick v. Thompson (2011), the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that even though a defendant was the victim of a prosecutor withholding exculpatory evidence, and a jury awarded him $14 million for the many years he spent on death row, he instead should receive nothing. You see, prosecutors are immune from lawsuits, and just because a prosecutor deliberately convicts an innocent man, withholding Brady material in the process, that doesn't mean you can sue his employer.

Here is a copy of the article from Enjoy.

Dennis R. Wilkins
The New PD Dude


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