First off - I loved all your comments on DVR! The cable man came and set it up this morning and I'm good to go! I already have Biggest Loser and The Good Wife set to record for tonight since I have stupid class that causes me to miss both of them.
I am so excited about it!
Now... on to what is on my mind today. For my clinic at school I am working on a case. It's a guy who is currently doing 40 years for first-degree murder (he's accused of being the lookout), but he is innocent. The only evidence against him was a confession he signed after being coerced by the police after 30+ hours in custody without a lawyer or his mother (he was only 16 years old and this was in the days of known coercion and torture by the Chicago Police). There are lots more details that I could give to tell you about how awful it is, but I won't.
Tomorrow morning we find out if we get an evidentiary hearing.
If we do we will be busy busy busy preparing to show the judge evidence that he's innocent. If we convince the judge, we can get him a new trial and hopefully get him out of jail! If the judge doesn't grant the hearing, we go to work on an appeal.
This client has been in jail for 17 years and I would LOVE for his mom to be able to call him with good news after tomorrow morning.
I'm all for putting people in jail... as long as they are guilty. And I would love to get this guy OUT!
Can you imagine doing 17 years in jail for something you didn't do? Or can you imagine being his mother? I spoke to her this morning... she has stood by her son all these years. Can you imagine going to hearing after hearing and being shut down by the court, when you knew your son was innocent? Can you imagine still having hope after failed appeals?
I certainly can't, and I hope I never have to...