I watched Dateline tonight, about the case of David Lemus and Olmedo Hidalgo. For a summation of the story, click here. Summed up even more succinctly, we have two guys who were proven to be nowhere near the scene of the crime imprisoned for 15 years, and two men who were guilty, neither of whom will ever see any time for that crime. Two of New York's finest police officers ended up resigning in disgust, as did an Assistant District Attorney who handled the reinvestigation into this crime for the Manhattan DA's office. Evidence was suppressed, and later ignored. Witnesses unfavorable to the prosecution were ignored and not reinterviewed. Other horrific examples of prosecutorial and police misconduct occurred, and two men lost a huge chunk of their lives as a result. Upon release, Mr. Hidalgo was put in cuffs by Homeland Security and deported to his native country, and Mr. Lemus is facing a retrial at the orders of the Manhattan District Attorney in October of this year.
I'm mad as hell. I'm furious that a system designed to protect and defend the innocent is so obviously and horribly broken. I'm sickened that, instead of striving to correct injustices, these two men and many more like them face a system more interested in preserving convictions than in insuring that justice, whatever that may be in a given case, is served. When I see these cases, I ask myself, "What if that man were my brother, or uncle, or cousin, or father? What if they were someone else I loved? What if that man were me?" In this case, I also ask myself what would have happened with these men were it not for the bravery and integrity of retired Detectives Bobby Addolorato and John Schwartz, men who brought far more honor to their offices than those who finally ended their careers. When faced with such men as Mr. Addolorato and Schwartz, our system should celebrate them, mourn their retirement, encourage them to continue doing what they did so well. This just makes me absolutely sick. I hope Mr. Lemus and Mr. Hidalgo sue those rat-fucking cocksuckers in New York City Hall for everything they have, and especially in the case of Mr. Lemus, I hope justice, delayed though it may be, is preserved. FUCK!