Mark Craighead, another victim of the justice system

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Mark Craighead
Image: The Detroit News

Yesterday, I covered the story of Edward Taylor who spent many years in prison on the strength of nothing but a misinterpreted testimony of a small child. Today, the story of Mark Craighead came across my desk. Mr Craighead is a Michigan man whose conviction was recently vacated after it was discovered that the only evidence against him in the case involving a shooting death of his friend was a confession written not by him, but by a police investigator.

Once again: if you think matters like whether a person gets to spend the rest of their life behind bars or as a free person would get as thorough an analysis and as much attention as the society can possibly render. But facts speak that this picture is completely out of line with the actual facts on the ground. And, I must say, this is in line with the general standards of quality one can expect from many, if not most, government services. Perhaps it is time for us the citizens to become a lot less tolerant of our government "servants" and put them in a situation where they are actually held accountable for both their malice and their incompetence.

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Detroit native exonerated at age 63, citing former detective's false confessions

Edward Clayton Taylor, a victim of the justice system
@borepstein , 10 August 2022

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Destroying a person's life is that easy. They must avoid any possible mistakes such as this while investigating any crime.

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Mistakes? Or perhaps pre-programmed dysfunction?

Note how hardly ever does a police investigator lose his job when he gets a wrong guy? Wouldn't that alone be a rather skewed incentive?

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All is possible. That's why I never feel safe when see or near a police. Besides, it is not a job to do for me, I would rather sell lemon in bazaar.

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