The following story is why I am against the death penalty, not that some folks don’t deserve to die for their crimes, like cold blooded killers and even rapists who preplanned their crimes. It is just that unfortunately, way too many people are convicted and sentenced to death for crimes for which they are truly innocent.
At least with a case like the following one, the man at least was proven innocent and released, and compensated. Texas has released dozens of death row and life-without-parole inmates who were innocent, and now has a program in effect to help these people integrate into society.
A man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years starting in high school will receive $5.4million settlement from New York town
‘There is much more at stake than a personal apology’: Jeffrey Deskovic, 39, still shamed officials, who admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement
The agreement reached on Tuesday brings Deskovic’s total compensation for the years he spent behind bars to $11.9M
PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 5 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:04 EST, 5 September 2013
The city of Peekskill, New York will pay out a $5.4 million settlement to a man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.
On Tuesday, the city approved the settlement with Jeffrey Deskovic, who has been a public face of wrongful conviction and imprisonment since his name was cleared in 2007.
Deskovic, now 39, was 16 when he was charged with the November 1989 killing of his 15-year-old high school classmate and has won two other multimillion dollar lawsuits in the years since his release.
I’m glad to see this man using some of his settlement monies to help other innocent victims get out of prison. Now he has a purpose in his life and that’s a great thing. The “Innocence Projects” all over the nation have done a lot of good.
Arkansas just released the “West Memphis Three” a while back but would not exonerate them even though it was obvious they were innocent, but made them accept an Alford Plea in which they “plead guilty” but denied they did it. In a regular guilty plea the offender must ADMIT their guilt and say “I did it” but in the Alford Plea they could say “guilty” but also say “I didn’t do it.” They are still trying to clear their names.
Plus, I honestly believe that life in prison is not a “cake walk” but it does leave room for a person to be exonerated if they are truly innocent and the death penalty doesn’t do that. Posthumous exoneration doesn’t do much good for the innocent man though it might make his family “feel better.”
So I know that giving some of the most heinous killers “life” (without parole) may seem unjust, but if we have the death penalty at all for anyone, we will always have some innocent person on death row. Even one person dying for a crime they didn’t commit, is more than I can handle, so I believe we should do away with it in all cases, so there is no chance an innocent person will be executed.