This was the cover story of yesterday’s Dallas Morning News. You’ve got to read it – it blows my mind.
The gist: Dallas county leads the country in exonerations due to DNA testing. In other words, people who have received prison sentences as far back as the early 80’s are now being freed from their sentence and/or parole because DNA testing is showing they are innocent, not guilty.
Best quote: “Including work by private labs, 32 Dallas County cases have undergone post-conviction DNA testing, the district attorney’s office said. Twelve produced exonerations, nine affirmed the defendant’s guilt, and six are pending. Tests in five cases were inconclusive. ”
This means that 37.5% of the cases tested have shown that the jury made a mistake.
My take: I have no problem at all with capital punishment for people who have committed crimes that deserve it. I just have a problem with capital punishment within a flawed legal system. This story makes me sick.