There is an interesting story that I just came across. A man spent 24 years in prison for a murder and was recently released. The reason? He had an alibi at that time and other relevant information was ignored at his trial. Why did it take 24 years? That’s a good question. Shaurn Thomas has no bitter feelings. He is grateful to be a free man. However, when you take 24 years of a man’s life I just don’t think that it should be dismissed as insignificant. If you would like to check out Shaurn’s story, here it is:
It is great to know that this story finally has a happy ending. However, this also exposes a deep concern. Trials are done to determine guilt or innocence, but most times the outcomes are not based on truth but rather on who has the best lawyer. Innocent people have been jailed for crimes they did not commit. Some are still in prison now. Several wrongly convicted people were even put on death row. The “innocence Project” may not be popular but it could be something that you or I will need one day. If one innocent man or woman can be put behind bars, then the rest of us can be too. If this innocence project can save the life of one man, then maybe it could save others. I know a lot of people don’t think about those imprisoned in society because I believe most people think that “they got what they deserved.” No one who is innocent should ever be jailed for crimes they did not commit. Until the system is proven to be perfect, then the chances for wrongful convictions will continue to exist. When someone hires the best lawyers then their chances of a court finding in their favor usually increase. When the court appoints a regular public defender for you then your sentence will depend largely on his or her expertise. Great lawyers should be available for those who need them, not just for people who can afford them. Justice only works when it results in the correct ruling. Hopefully the Innocence Project can save those wrongfully convicted. I realize a lot of people won’t really care about this, but you will if it should ever happen to you. Let’s hope that it doesn’t happen. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar