Thursday, January 04, 2007
Detritus — 1/4/07
"A SYSTEM RUN AMOK": THESE CASES ALWAYS BURN ME UP
Korean-born Ji Yun Lee, now 71, was sent to a Pennsylvania prison in 1990 on an arson conviction based on assumptions about the "evidence" that were discredited that very same year. So he's been freed, right?
Nope. Once you're found guilty the prosecutors and courts will keep your ass in prison, no matter the facts. Wouldn't look good, you know, for the system to admit that it has imprisoned an innocent man.
Based on a best estimate of 80% accuracy in arson investigations, there could be "as many as 15,000 mistaken investigations each year."