Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Probably just the tip of the iceberg. Prosecutors need to be prosecuted for their misconduct.
This stuff sometimes leaves me kind of conflicted. Yeah, I'm glad this kid is finally free, and this is work that certainly needs to be done.On the other hand, I've met too many people that use this kind of stuff to grind their axe against cops all the time, and that's one of many factors that lead to us having human dumps like Seattle and the Bay Area. Lots of political hay is getting made these days by portraying it as some kind of noble quest to enable people to take dumps on sidewalks and die in the gutter of heroin overdoses after years of making a lifestyle out of committing assaults and thefts. And on top of that, I think that most of the "innocent" people that end up in prison end up being innocent of the particular charge against them, but they tend to be guilty of making all kinds of other bad decisions to do illegal things and of spending a lot of their time around other people making the same kind of decisions to do illegal things. In the end, I'm in favor of innocence projects as private charities. Government shouldn't be in the business of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain to continuously re-investigate and re-try every conviction for every person in prison. It's just another excuse to feed the beast and encroach more bureaucracy over us. That said, I think that prosecutors who fudge evidence or hide exculpatory evidence should definitely end up in prison themselves.
It's great to read the guy was exonerated of the crime, but if anyone could use a copy of free copy of black man's guide out of poverty, it's that guy. I hope he was at least able to complete finish earning his high school diploma before he was sentenced.
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