“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer” as expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his seminal work, Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.
Unfortunately the judicial system in this country now is exactly the opposite. Hell bent on keeping their %90+ conviction rates, prosecutors no longer seek justice, instead they seek a guilty charge.
Even worse is not going to trial at all and being held in cage maintained by a broken system for doing nothing wrong. As was the case for Kalief Browder. Walking home from a party one night in the 10th grade, Browder was arrested with no evidence and thrown in jail. This poor man has lost over 3 years of his life because of a defunct system dedicated to never admitting they are wrong.
According to WABC 7,
20-year-old Kalief Browder may be physically free, but mentally he is still trapped behind bars on Rikers, where every day was a battle to survive.
“It’s very hard when you are dealing with dudes that are big and have weapons and shanks and there are gangs,” says Browder, “you know if you don’t give your phone call up, or you don’t give them what they want you know they are going to jump you. And it’s very scary.”
In May of 2010, Browder was a 16-year-old tenth grader, walking home on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx after a party. “This guy comes out of nowhere and says I robbed him. And the next thing I know they are putting cuffs on me. I don’t know this dude. And I do over three years for something I didn’t do.”
Browder’s family couldn’t make the $10,000 bail on the robbery charges, and he had a legal aid attorney. Browder is now represented by a civil rights law firm.
This poor man and his family deserve justice, unfortunately the ‘justice’ will likely be a tax payer funded payout, and the system that stole 3 years from an innocent person will remain unscathed.