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November 30, 2007 7:32 AM   Subscribe

"Free and Uneasy: The First Year Out." The story of wrongfully convicted Jeffrey Deskovic. And others.
posted by Soup (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I hope the state pays for his life for at least fifteen years on the outside, for keeping him inside so long.

How do prosecutors live with themselves, when they put someone away that they know is innocent? How can that possibly justice, since the real perp is still out there, and no longer being sought after? In other words, what the fucking fuck? Is there any sort of crime such as "Malfeasance and deliberate miscarriage of justice" that could be thrown at those malingering fucks?
posted by notsnot at 8:08 AM on November 30, 2007


I don't blame the prosecutors, in his case, I blame the police. He was railroaded by those fucks into admitting something he didn't do. It is a shame what happened to him I hope he gets some money from the state and is able to move on with his life.
posted by hexxed at 8:18 AM on November 30, 2007


Insert "If you want to be protected, you have to accept that an innocent person is going to go to jail once in awhile" hand-wringing.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:26 AM on November 30, 2007


Incredible.

Not only does this teach us something about people who have been wrongly convicted, but about those who currently inhabit American prisons. Very revealing about the system.

I was dumbfounded by some of what he says in this monologue, particularly about his first swim in 16 years.
posted by dead_ at 8:27 AM on November 30, 2007


"Law" and "justice" are not the same things. Alas, most of us are assholes who only figure this out when we're on the down side of the former with the latter nowhere in sight.
posted by felix betachat at 8:32 AM on November 30, 2007


Great post. Thanks for pointing me to this. The audio snippets from the exonerated are haunting and compelling at the same time.
posted by dead_ at 8:50 AM on November 30, 2007


since the real perp is still out there, and no longer being sought after?

Actually, the whole reason Jeffrey Deskovic got out was because the DNA sample taken at the time of the original crime matched to another inmate in the New York State prison system, a guy named Steven Cunningham. Cunningham has since confessed to and been convicted of the murder for which Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted.
posted by deadmessenger at 9:16 AM on November 30, 2007


Goddamn this stuff makes my blood boil

I feel like tithing a serious portion of my money to the innocence project and the innocence network.


Put your money where your angst is!
posted by lalochezia at 9:16 AM on November 30, 2007


I don't blame the prosecutors, in his case, I blame the police.

Them, too, of course - but "The results showed that Deskovic was not the source of semen in the rape kit. Deskovic had been told before the alleged confession that if his DNA did not match the semen in the rape kit, he would be cleared as a suspect. Instead, prosecution continued on the strength of his alleged confession."
posted by Kirth Gerson at 10:05 AM on November 30, 2007


Great Post. Thanks.
posted by phrontist at 10:20 AM on November 30, 2007


So, who are the "perps" here? What are their names, where do they live?
posted by telstar at 12:53 PM on November 30, 2007


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