Sunday, December 7, 2014

Does an Innocent Man Have the Right to Be Exonerated? Larry Youngblood was Wrongfully Imprisoned for Raping a 10-year-old boy, the way the Supreme Court Handled his Case had Lasting Consequences - By Marc Bookman


Does an Innocent Man Have the Right to Be Exonerated? December 6, 2014
In the 1980s, Larry Youngblood was wrongfully imprisoned for raping a 10-year-old boy. The way the Supreme Court handled his case had lasting consequences.
By Marc Bookman

In the early morning hours of June 16, 2004, a 31-year-old man named David Leon was killed by a train just west of Estavan Park in Tucson. The Arizona Daily Star ran a brief item on the accident but never mentioned Leon’s background; the press seemed unaware that he had been in the middle of Tucson’s biggest legal scandal for the past two decades.

There was a good reason the media hadn’t recognized Leon’s name: Over the years, he’d been referred to vaguely as “the victim” or under the pseudonym “Paul”; the U.S. Supreme Court had called him “David L.” But concealing his identity hadn’t prevented the young man from suffering untold damage. Weeks after the train accident, the autopsy revealed that he had been drunk at the time of his death, a fact that surely surprised no one who knew him. And so the story ended almost exactly where it began: within a stone’s throw of Interstate 10.

A. Barton Hinkle: Soft-on-Crime Failed, so Did Hard. “The Typical American Unknowingly Commits Three Felonies a Day Through Acts as Innocuous as Tossing out Junk Mail Addressed to Somebody Else. That is the Apotheosis of Big Government”

I attended the December 2nd Charles Koch Institute discussion that Mr. Hinkle mentions at the end of this piece, where I finally introduced myself to Ken Cuccinelli, I handed him my card and brochures. We briefly discussed Virginia’s 21-Days to Recant law, Writs of Actual Innocence only covering felonies and Consensual Teen Sexting (as the Virginia Crime Commission had just voted against taking any action in their meeting down the hall). 

I also met Mr. Hinkle. 

Mary Devoy 

Soft-on-crime failed, so did hard, December 7, 2014
By A. Barton Hinkle

After several decades of passionate disagreement, it now appears we have a winner in the contentious debate over crime: nobody. 

Judging by the numbers, soft-on-crime liberals were flat-out wrong. But so were tough-on-crime.