Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Innocence Project

There is this 62-year old Japanese man named Toshikazu Sugaya of Tochigi Prefecture who was sentenced to a life sentence after he was found guilty of killing a 4 year old girl in 1991.
His father died of shock when he was convicted.

Recently, he was released from prison after serving 17 years of a life sentence, when new DNA evidence proved that he wasn't the killer.

Besides the fact that he was wrongly accused and sentenced, there is also the disturbing thought that for the last 17 years, the real killer got away scot-free.

But back to the "wrongly accused and sentenced" bit. There is this online website that tracks convicted criminals who were exnoerated of their crimes after new DNA evidence was found in their favour. It's quite a disquieting thought to know that despite all the measures in place, the justice system is fallible.

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