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Justice at Risk


In 1999, I was convicted of filing false statements on my law office tax return.  During the investigation, while incarcerated and afterward, I learned many disturbing things about our justice system.  Our prisons are overflowing – people are being executed.  If this were due solely to the punishment of criminals who received a fair trial this would not be a problem and despite the huge cost, the expense would be justified.  Unfortunately, many innocent people are in jail or being executed.  Our liberty and precious system of justice is being eroded on a daily basis.  The events of September 11, 2001, shocked the very fiber of America’s consciousness.  Thousands of lives were lost, tens of thousands of loved ones, relatives, friends and acquaintances were affected.  Billions of dollars were lost. The cause was obvious.  The horrifying picture of the jet planes crashing into the towers is no doubt cemented into the consciousness of all Americans.  It was on the news daily.

Most, if not all, Americans immediately condemned the demented individuals behind this blatant act of terrorism. Yet every day the news is filled with reports of individuals who were convicted, but are now proven by science to be innocent.   The newspapers and law books are filled with cases where judges or prosecutors have manipulated the outcome of a case.  Where is the outrage?  Where is the remorse?  Where is the condemnation of these atrocious acts? Where is the punishment for these individuals who subvert our system?  Certainly, not every conviction of an innocent person is the result of evil intentions or gross neglect by prosecutors, judges, juries or bureaucracies.  Unfortunately, a substantial number of convictions are caused by evil intentions or gross neglect.  Why is this happening and what can be done about it?

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