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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Illinoize: When the Law is an Ass

A post written by Cal Skinner who also blogs at McHenry County blog talks about a black man who has been in jail for just about 26 years for a murder he didn't commit. Apparently another man's lawyers knew that their client has actually committed that murder, it was because he admitted it, BTW. Anyway thanks to lawyer-client privilege their hands were tied.

I wonder if they could have convinced him to turn himself in. I wonder if that's what they did and he wouldn't do it and there wasn't much to do. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing that angle. If they didn't convince him then I certainly think that's a problem and perhaps the lawyers didn't do their jobs. Of course I would wonder if that would preserve lawyer client privilege.

In any event, this man has been in jail 26 years for a crime he didn't commit. Apparently the lawyers and judges involved have yet to figure out how to get this man free. Then Cal Skinner wants the lawyering (I think I just made that word up) profession to adjust their ethics rules to assure that there won't be another situation like this.

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