Friday, July 07, 2006

Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed


After his paperwork was processed, he stepped outside the courthouse, thanking his attorneys and offering his sympathy to the woman whose rape led to his wrongful conviction.
"My unjust conviction denied both of us justice," Newton said. "It opens up old wounds and denies her closure."
Some people seem to think cases like this show that too much emphasis is given to victims and their needs, but I would say that too little emphasis, training and resources are given to processing all of the evidence that exists.

In this particular case the rape kit that ultimately cleared this man of the 1984 rape sat unprocessed for about 20 years in an evidence warehouse.

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