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15 June 2012

Free Innocent Men? Sorry, We Can't Be Troubled To Do That.

Once you're convicted of a felony federal law makes it a felony to possess a firearm.  USA Today did some in-depth investigation and found out that over 60 inmates in North Carolina have been incarcerated for this crime without having been convicted felons.  In other words, they were found guilty of committing a crime they didn't actually commit.  And that's not the worst part.  The worst part is that the US government said that it's not their responsibility to make sure these men are set free.  The following is my favorite quote:

"We can't be outcome driven," said Anne Tompkins, the U.S. attorney in Charlotte. "We've got to make sure we follow the law, and people should want us to do that." She said her office is "looking diligently for ways, within the confines of the law, to recommend relief for defendants who are legally innocent."

So, let me get this straight.  First you throw people in jail for NOT committing a crime and then you insist that, while you would love to help them get out, you have to stay "within the confines of the law" rather than focus on, say, GETTING THEM THE HELL OUT OF JAIL!

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that you guys didn't bother to stay "within the confines of the law" the first time around.  You know, when you jailed them.  It's interesting that you have since found religion and now find the law a very compelling argument against freeing innocent men.  That quote makes you sound like the worst person on the planet right now, Ms. Tompkins.  And there's a lot of competition for that title at the moment.  Well played.

Read about it at Reason also.

Sorry about the language, Mom.  I just get really bothered by government abuse.

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