Monday, January 9, 2012

Thank God for Justice, or rather, thank Justice Hellmann

One of the things that I'm finding I'm enjoying about getting into the "blogosphere" is simply the prospect of reading some of the other blogs that are out there. When I was investigating the Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito story last summer, I came across a blog by a former FBI Agent Steve Moore, who wrote some excellent articles breaking down and analyzing the evidence, and explaining the dangerous violations of freedom and justice that had allowed a single arrogant prosecutor to manipulate the legal system into imprisoning them when all evidence pointed the other way.

It provided me a clear and sound warning against what can happen, when diligence in court is not exercised.

A lot of my friends seemed a little wierded out at the time, that I grew so passionate about these two young people being imprisoned. Why them? Well, frankly, because their case was clear cut. There are lots of "free so-and-so" movements, but rarely do I find one where the injustice is so flagrant and undeniable. I can't stomach that. Sure, it was a celebrity scandal--whatever. That doesn't mean it wasn't wrong.

I am profoundly, profoundly relieved that the Italian courts re-grouped from the original disgraceful trial and freed two innocent people. The fact that they were imprisoned in the first place is still deeply alarming. I hope I never forget the lesson about how bad things can happen to good people when the justice system goes awry.

Thank you, Judge Pratillo Hellmann. Thank you for doing what should have been done 5 years ago. Thank you for restoring your small piece of sanity and fairness to this crazy world.

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