Thursday, July 14, 2005

More on Larry Griffin

Editorials and op-eds continue to flood the zone on Larry Griffin, the Missouri man who was executed in 1995 for a crime he probably did not commit. Weighing in today is columnist Bob Herbert of the New York Times:

July 14, 2005 - If Larry Griffin were being tried today for the murder of Quintin Moss, he would almost certainly be acquitted. The evidence is overwhelming that he did not kill Mr. Moss.

But Mr. Griffin is not being tried today. He has already been executed for the murder.

While significant, this development is not that much of a surprise to those who understand that human beings are fallible and that much of the criminal justice system in the United States is a crapshoot. Whether it is this case or some other, it is inevitable that we will learn of someone who has been executed for a crime that he or she did not commit.

To read the entire column, go here.

No comments: