Two extraordinary exonerations show the failure of our justice system – The Washington Post

Still, it was remarkable when Corey Atchison, a 48-year-old black man, last week had his homicide conviction thrown out by a judge in Tulsa, Okla., three years after his younger brother was cleared, also of a first-degree murder conviction, by the same judge — in a completely unrelated case. The brothers’ wrongful convictions represent the sort of serial failure of justice that wrecks lives and shreds confidence in the system.In the case of Mr. Atchison and his brother, Malcolm Scott, the system produced what Oklahoma District Judge Sharon Holmes concluded were fundamental miscarriages of justice that resulted in the two men serving a combined total of close to 50 years behind bars — nearly 30 for Mr. Atchison; 21 for Mr. Scott. In 2017, Mr. Scott, in a federal lawsuit seeking damages for his wrongful conviction from the city of Tulsa and a pair of former detectives, declared he wanted compensation for “unfathomable wrongs” that robbed him of his liberty as a 17-year-old.

Source: Two extraordinary exonerations show the failure of our justice system – The Washington Post

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