In this morning's paper, is a story entitled "The innocent do get convicted". It's about a new extra layer of protection in North Carolina to prevent innocent people from staying in jail.
Beginning Nov. 1, people who profess their innocence will have an additional tool in their effort to win freedom and get their record cleared. They’ll be able to ask for a review by the new North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which could lead to their exoneration.
The commission is the brainchild of a study group created by former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr.
Seems like everyone would agree with such a noble cause, right? After all, our system of justice is built around the idea of protecting the innocent, right? We'd rather let a guilty person go free than incarcerate an innocent person, right?
Thus sayeth the Wise Man of our story:
“We’ve had several very high-profile exonerations in North Carolina,” said Lake, who reached mandatory retirement age earlier this year. “I was reading about where you had these high-profile exonerations after people had been in prison for a number of years. You really can’t compensate somebody for the loss of their freedom with money... It always behooves us to improve our system, no matter how good it is.”
Enter The Ass:
Rep. Joe Kiser, R-Lincoln, thinks the commission is unnecessary. Kiser, a former sheriff, said that people who are innocent already have ways of setting the record straight.
“When new evidence comes up, people can get new trials now,” Kiser said. “In some cases, they’re just set free. … If new evidence is found, the court system that we have today works.”
Kiser said the fact that people are being exonerated shows that the present court system is working.
Easy for you to say, Mr. Kiser. You're not spending time behind bars for a crime you didn't commit. Why am I not surprised at which one is the politician?