Is it okay for an organization who’s reputation is to free innocent people from prison, especially death row, to go to any means?
In my opinion, no. If this story is true, it’s a huge black mark on The Innocence Project.
A man was recently released from prison after 15 years for a crime he didn’t commit. No problem there right? Well, he made what appears to be a false confession, on tape, to someone in The Innocence Project that was then later turned over to prosecutors. The reason? To free a man on death row that was about to be executed.
Yes, The Innocence Project is anti-death penalty, as I happen to be, but to go to any length to have someone freed? To coerce a false confession and then turn it over to the authorities? No.
This is beyond the pale and I certainly hope the authorities prosecute those involved at The Innocence Project. What this is going to do I fear is make prosecutors and judges around the country skeptical of this group in the future.
It’s sad that there are people on death row right now that may have to pay the ultimate price for the actions of a few miscreants.