Exoneree Detectives Fight For Those Still Behind Bars
April 15, 2013
one colloquial they used in that time,” says current District Attorney Craig Watkins. “A good prosecutor can get a guilty verdict on a person that’s guilty. But a great prosecutor is one that can get a guilty verdict on an innocent individual.”
this whole episode took place in Monroeville, Ala., where Harper Lee grew up and wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.
If you go to Monroeville, you’ll see a community that’s completely enchanted by that story. … They have all of this To Kill a Mockingbird memorabilia. The leading citizens enact a play about the book. You can’t go anywhere without encountering some aspect of that story made real in that community.
the challenge with these cases is that you have to prove innocence. You can’t go into court with the presumption of innocence, assuming that your client is presumed innocent. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, but in many of these cases, that’s not the way it does work.
Students Accused, Legal Victories Win Back Rights
…has pandered valuable resources away from our community, and has taken the focus away from the true victims of our community, while instilling fear among our community members. So, if anything it is … that owe this community an apology.