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years ago, I did a Point of View criticizing David Camm's attorneys for seeking
yet another appeal right after his second conviction for the murder of his
family. I wondered when Indiana taxpayers would get to stop
paying fortunes in trial expenses, and why any accused killer could possibly
deserve so many "do-overs."
now we have the answer:
they're not guilty.
David Camm finally did get his third chance, and this time, after a trial that
finally – and correctly – shielded jurors from improperly prejudicial evidence,
a jury of his peers acquitted him of all charges.
people will always have doubts, but it's clear that when the system finally
worked within the proper legal parameters, that was the verdict. And likely
would have been the first time around
if everyone had done their jobs correctly.
me be clear – I owe David Camm an apology. My desire for economy and my
cynicism about defense tactics prevented me from acknowledging that there are strict rules to follow when trying
to put someone in prison for life, and that when those rules are violated, so
are the rights of the accused.
"Git 'er done" is a phrase we often hear when tackling a tough job. But if the Camm
case has taught us anything, it's that when a person's freedom is on the line,
it's even more important that we "git 'er done right."