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Ambitious prosecutor

I want to share a story I saw recently on the evening news.
A man was released from prison after 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit. The prosecuting attorney had purposely withheld evidence that would have cleared the man to promote his own career.
The attorney became a high-ranking judge and has enjoyed a long and prosperous career. After the man he wrongfully accused was set free, the judge was removed from office and was made to spend 10 days in jail — just 10 days, because there aren’t any guidelines for such an offense.
This is what is noteworthy: 25 years ago, a prosecutor willfully withheld information to further his own career at the expense of another man’s life; and, when caught, he got a slap on the wrist.
We need to make changes. The legal system in this country is falling to pieces. Too many times, prosecutors are interested only in promoting their own careers — and justice has nothing to do with anything. They’re interested only in bolstering numbers, and they don’t care how they do it.
These people are supposed to be concerned with what is right, but too many are, in essence, cowardly, mean and morally bankrupt, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
No prosecutor should ever be allowed to seek elected public office. There is too much incentive to do the wrong thing to achieve personal goals. If they want a higher position in life, they should go into private practice. Greed and want for power is too intoxicating to trust any man to do what is right.

James H. Matson
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