Darrell Edwards has spent thirteen years trying to clear his name. Imagine if he’d been sentenced to death and executed based on the “evidence” that was used to convict him.
The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial found via TChris at Talk Left pointed out a few other wrongful convictions that have occurred in this country:
Just last week, DNA helped exonerate a Dallas man who was convicted of 11 sex crimes and spent 25 years in prison.
Last month, the Alabama Supreme Court granted a last-minute reprieve to a man scheduled to be executed after another convicted murderer stepped forward with an affidavit claiming he was the killer.
In June, prosecutors in New York decided not to re-try a man who was released after spending 17 years in prison for the murder of his parents – following a disputed confession and new evidence.
Our criminal justice system is imperfect; no one’s life should be forfeited due to such a system.