Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention

Having had a day or so to absorb the news of Judge Price's outrageous ruling, I think it is important to learn from this moment, or at least reinforce something all of us have been aware of from the start. Judge Price's denial of a new trial for Shane, despite glaring new evidence and the revelation of just how ineptly and corruptly Shane's prosecution was, proves a point:

It is extremely difficult to undo a conviction.

By nature, the courts loathe admitting that mistakes were made. I use the term "mistakes" politely here, because certainly in Shane's case "mistakes" were just one factor in his conviction. Blatant incompetence, prosecutorial laziness and investigative procedures that border on criminal activity also played a part in Shane's conviction. Anyone who witnessed the arrogance of the DA's trio of lawyers at last summer's hearings knows exactly what I am talking about here.

Shane's case starkly reveals just why the police and the DA's office need to get it right from the start. Shane has spent the last 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. This is, of course, the heart of this outrageous case. The endless hours spent writing letters, pleading for financial support, spreading Shane's story, going to court, waiting, hoping, wondering...all of this is just an additional consequence of a very mean-spirited, lazy and corrupt prosecution from 1993.

We are moving forward and will appeal Judge Price's decision to the Appellate Court, where, hopefully, justice will finally be served, putting an end to what has been a monumental waste of time and life.

Thank you for your support.


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