Our criminal justice system relies on both sides sharing evidence so that the strongest possible case for both sides can be built. Hiding exculpatory evidence is an absolute perversion of justice. When cops do this, they should be fired. They were so sure the husband did it--because they didn't like the way he expressed grief--that they hid all the evidence that pointed to the real killer.
The real killer who went on to kill again.
Because these cops did not do their jobs.
It's alarming how often we hear these stories about people freed from decades in prison because of police railroading, people who are murdered by the state despite strong evidence of their innocence, of states trying to make it harder for convicted criminals to request DNA tests. It points to a system more concerned with statistics and closing cases than a system concerned with anything resembling justice.
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This story of another innocent man exonerated after 25 years in prison because of suppressed evidence (while the man who killed his wife was left free to kill at least one other person) contains an excellent of example of the kind of “evidence” that seems to frequently come up when innocent people have been convicted:
“There were a lot of cars in the street. There was a big yellow crime-scene ribbon around our house,” he says. “Neighbors were across the street, clustered on the corner … talking to each other, and of course, when my truck comes racing up, they all kind of key on me.”
Boutwell met Morton outside the front door and, in front of everyone, bluntly told him Christine Morton was dead, murdered in their bedroom. Morton reeled.
“You really don’t know how you’re going to react until it happens to you, and with me, I remember it was as if I was … falling inside myself,” he says.
Morton was stunned, nearly mute, which fueled the sheriff’s suspicions and became a major prosecution touchstone at his trial. The fact that Morton didn’t cry out or weep became evidence that he didn’t love his wife and had killed her.
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