When people say that we know that the Americans who are executed in our prisons are guilty of their crimes, we know that it is impossible to be sure.
Two Inmates Walk Free - Law Blog - WSJ
Two men, one in Texas and the other in Illinois, got their walking papers yesterday after serving a combined 46 years in prison for murders they claim they did not commit.
Let’s start with the Texas case of Michael Morton, 57, who served almost 25 years in prison for murdering his wife before he was set free yesterday after DNA evidence implicated another man. Prosecutors had claimed that Morton beat his wife to death in 1986 because she would not have sex with him.
Morton is the 45th Texas inmate to be exonerated based on new DNA evidence, the Austin American-Statesman reports, citing data from the Innocence Project, which represented Morton.
“This tragic miscarriage of justice must be fully investigated and steps must be taken to hold police and prosecutors accountable,” Barry Sheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, said in this statement. The Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted Morton, agreed to his release.
At a press conference yesterday, Morton said, “I thank God this wasn’t a capital case. I only had life,” according to the Statesman. “Colors seem real bright to me now,” Morton added, “and the women are real good-looking.”
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