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  •  We are investigating a case (3+ / 0-)

    of a man who was identified by name, 12 years later, by one victim of a burglary/murder (obviously this guy lived). The victim and the inmate had gone to high school together. He didn't finger our inmate until an investigator visited him multiple times 12 years after the fact. I'm in possession of a signed confession from a person who committed another murder a few years later, who is now in prison for life, claiming that he did it all.

    I have no idea if our inmate did it. But I know that 12 years is a lot of time for someone to identify someone he clearly knew at the time.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:08:41 AM PST

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    •  That these jailhouse snitch statements (1+ / 0-)
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      have legal weight, really bothers me. The person making the accusation is a convicted felon, and has a vested interest in telling the authorities that SOMEONE did it (to receive a reduced sentence or better treatment); pretty much the definition of untrustworthy information. Yet we take away men's freedom on little more.

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      by eataTREE on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:00:11 AM PST

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