Many of us have followed the Amanda Knox case for years. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, a factually innocent defendant could still be convicted of murder and spend years of her life incarcerated.
Knox is one of the lucky ones. Her conviction was overturned and she’s going home to Seattle after serving four years in prison for a crime she did not commit.
I guess you could say that the West Memphis Three, who spent nearly two decades in prison for crimes they did not commit are lucky as well – they didn’t die in prison. Sadly, the prosecutors required the three to plead guilty in exchange for their freedom – despite the fact that the evidence overwhelmingly proved that they had nothing to do with these crimes.
Troy Davis, on the other hand: not so lucky. Despite countless witnesses recanting their testimony. Despite, weak and shoddy evidence, the state of Georgia executed him anyway. 138 innocent people have been released from death row. Unfortunately Troy Davis was not one of them.
So my question for you: if you execute an innocent person. If you insist on carrying out an execution despite there being solid evidence supporting innocence. If you are too arrogant to admit that you made a mistake and someone is put to death because of that arrogance, shouldn’t you be charged with murder?
Congratulations to Amanda Knox and her family. Congratulations to the West Memphis Three.
Condolences to the Davis Family.