Kevin Strickland is still in jail and Missouri’s shame grows.
On Friday, Governor Mike Parson’s office announced the names of 18 people. He forgave At the beginning of the week. They appear to be low-level, non-violent criminals: underage beverage purchases, drunk driving, and illegal hunting.
The name of Strickland was not on the list.The prosecutor said he was innocent, but he remained behind the bar Murder crime that sent him to jail Over 40 years ago.
The person did not provide an immediate explanation for his decision to remove Strickland from the list, probably because it could not be explained.
To Review: Black Strickland was convicted as a teenager for the murder of three people in Kansas City. He was found guilty by a pure white jury, primarily based on testimony from a woman.
The witness, Cynthia Douglas, withdrew the testimony long ago. Two other men convicted of the case confessed and said Strickland was not involved. He was watching TV with his brother at home and talking on the phone with his girlfriend, but their testimony was ignored.
In May, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Strickland had determined that the crime that robbed him of his freedom was innocent. A dozen or more state legislators have signed a letter asking Person to grant Strickland’s amnesty request.
No compensation for illegal imprisonment
Virtually everyone involved in the case, At that time and now We believe that detainees should not be detained.
Still, Strickland remains behind the bar.
Person’s stubborn resistance to providing Strickland with the justice he deserves Painted Include World attention,and Mysterious much of it.. In an interview with KSHB-TV in June, the governor said he was unsure if Strickland was innocent.
“I’m not sure I’m willing to put other people at risk if you’re not right,” he said.
Strickland is a risk for everyone. His life was abandoned by his actual innocent and apparently uninteresting system. Given the opportunity to show some grace to a man who was killed by Missouri, Person played at his base instead.
This year, the Missouri Parliament passed a bill allowing prosecutors to seek the release of prisoners by asking judges. We hope that Person will sign the bill and Baker will seek the release of Strickland later this year.
The judge also expects to approve it.
But Missouri has some soul quests. It’s not enough to say that you made a mistake, and an incident like Strickland is inevitable. The state robs the man of his life, and can’t be oops.
Who pays the penalty if Strickland is exonerated? nobody. Missouri does not appear to provide compensation in Strickland’s 40-year prison. This means that taxpayers are off the hook of state denial of civil rights for prisoners.
There are simply too many holes in the criminal justice system. It is simply too difficult to claim real innocence after a prisoner has been detained. In many cases, the innocent remains imprisoned while the innocent is released.
Lawyers have worked for years to gain the freedom of Kevin Strickland. The Kansas City Star helped bring his proceedings to the public’s attention. Now his story has spread nationwide, causing anger and confusion.
The person had a chance to deal with that anger and free Strickland, but he still has a chance. Instead, on this Independence Day, he will celebrate while denying Strickland’s independence. If you see him — In Branson, maybe where he was on Friday — Ask him how it’s okay.