I know what many of you are going to say...... See, the system works. They were innocent, and they are now released. To that I reply "Caca del Toro" in the strongest words.Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46. The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County.
Lawyers for the men petitioned for their release after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene pointed to another man. That man, who lived close to the soybean field where the dead girl's body was found, is already serving a life sentence for a similar rape and murder that happened less than a month later.
1) No the system did NOT work for them. Because of a crooked prosecutor who coerced fake testimony from 2 "witnesses", These 2 guys had 30 years ripped from their lives, and did not have a chance to get married, have kids, and be able to watch grandkids grow up.
2) The guy who did the crime is in prison. Guess what for? Yea, that's right. For raping and murdering another girl a month later. In my honest opinion, that crooked prosecutor is to blame for that murder too. It's too bad he can't be charged as an accessory to that murder.
3) And, yes, these 2 guys are miraculously off death row, and won't be executed. Bravo. Tell that to the family of Cameron Todd Willingham, an innocent man who was executed in Texas a few years ago, BEFORE being found innocent. If not for the DNA on a cigarette butt, these 2 guys would have also fried.
And so here is the deal on why I am so strongly against the death penalty. It's not that some people don't deserve it. Some definitely do. And, if the death penalty was perfect, I would gladly volunteer to throw the switch myself. But it's not, and putting to death the many who deserve it is not worth the few innocents who are put to death along with them. As long as we have an imperfect death penalty, we are no better than the many. We are murderers too.
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