Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Illinois: Governor Ignores Alton Logan

In a recent post, here, PardonPower related the story of a man, Alton Logan, who has been in prison half of his life while an actual murderer went free. Two attorneys were aware of the wrongful conviction but felt compelled to keep the information secret because of the attorney-client privilege. The client in question is now dead. In this 60 Minutes segment, Logan and the two attorneys speak out. An attempt is being made to get a new trial, but Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) could right the wrong instantly, with the stroke of his pen. Such an indisputably appropriate use of the clemency power might ease the sting that the Governor is currently experiencing as a result of his pardon of Chandra Gill. Meanwhile, Logan says the State of Illinois is "quick to convict, but they are slow to correct their mistakes." When he is freed, he plans to leave Illinois on the "quickest thing" that will take him away. See also: Illinois: A Grant. A Pardon. An Investigation and Illinois: Investigation (Update).


Anonymous said...

the safity in usa is very poor
this thing coude not happend in SWEDEN shame on usa

Tove said...

Saying that something like this could not happen in Sweden is naive. One difference is that very few people here get sentenced to more than 12 years in prison, but to say that we have no wrongful convictions is plain wrong.

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