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When scales of justice fail, it’s an outrage

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Unless I’m missing something here, and the program is just another staged reality TV show, there’s an appalling amount of justice being denied in this country.

On March 14, a program aired featuring a man convicted of murdering his wife; he received a life sentence. The program is “Dateline,” which routinely shows where a person is accused of murdering someone, and then the audience is walked through the case as it supposedly happened.

It’s appalling to me at how some of those trials end. The prosecution has manufactured the most outlandish, incredulous theories as to how, and why, the crime was committed; if the situation weren’t so serious, the prosecutor’s arguments would be hilarious.

However, in most cases, the jury buys those outlandish fairy tales without a shred of real evidence being presented to indicate the accused actually committed the crime. The defendant is found guilty and sentenced to a long prison term.

The person convicted of the crime had a rock-solid alibi that any sane person wouldn’t have questioned; same for a former Indiana state trooper whose case was featured weeks ago. The trooper was accused of murdering his wife and two small children.

In the trooper’s case, his alibi was backed up by numerous witnesses, yet he was convicted. Fortunately, the former trooper’s family never gave up on him. After languishing in prison for years, and enduring two more trials where the prosecution’s arguments became even more bizarre, he was finely freed.

These prosecutors aren’t about to let a little exculpatory evidence get in the way of a conviction. There is anecdotal evidence that prosecutor malfeasance is happening way too often.

It makes one wonder why these shams of justice aren’t being focused on to a greater extent. The scales of justice should weigh evenly for all.

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