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36 Years for a Murder He Didn’t Commit

36 Years for a Murder He Didn’t Commit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
California jailed Michael Ray Hanline for 36 years until DNA proved he was innocent. Now he wants justice.
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Obviously if a person is wrongfully convicted, freedom should be accompanied by adequate funds to start over and to have a decent life. However, if official misconduct is involved in order to secure that conviction both criminal penalties should be adjudicated to the perpetrators of such miss-justice and the entirety of their property should be confiscated and given to their victim. There is no greater crime than the deliberate incarceration of the innocent by the jstice and law enforcement system.

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Pardons Elude Men Freed After Decades in North Carolina Prison

Pardons Elude Men Freed After Decades in North Carolina Prison | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Henry L. McCollum and Leon Brown have clung to a minimal existence, absent substantive remuneration, counseling or public aid in transitioning back to society.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The real question is not should these men be pardoned as much as how they should be treated by a state that has so harmed them. Financial remuneration to people who have no idea how to live in the modern world, while certainly appropriate is insufficient. There should be every attempt to provide them services and especially long-term protection, for example creating their pension and healthcare plans. I consider exonerated prisoners as being very much the same as returning P.O.W.s from our military. That the enemy who captured them was the American inJustice system does not make their suffering less but more. That it is so often a racial matter as well—that surely is unspeakably wrong.

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The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Debbie Milke, born in Berlin, was placed in solitary confinement Arizona for 22 years after being falsely convicted of conspiring to kill her son. Following her acquittal, she discusses her experience in prison and a life destroyed by a miscarriage of justice.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Sometimes the abuse of power by police (and courts) is so egregious as to warrant real and severe consequences. If Armando Seldate and Cheryl Hendrix are still alive, I hope they spend the rest of their lives in the agony they so completely deserve. As for compensation from the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix, I can only say that this woman should have the funds to live however she wants, wherever she wants, and with whatever conveniences and services she desires. We as a community owe her big-time. This was not a mistake; it wasn't even a miscarriage of justice; it was a travesty and a dishonor to us all.

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Lawyers, Saying DNA Cleared Inmate, Pursue Access to Data

Lawyers, Saying DNA Cleared Inmate, Pursue Access to Data | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Attorneys for a man incarcerated for 10 years for a rape say his exoneration by DNA evidence, after months of litigation, proves such data must be made available to defense lawyers.
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In a just society every effort should be made by law enforcement not simply to punish the guilty but also to exonerate the innocent.

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