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Thursday, November 14, 2002

So Glad We Cleared This Up

The Times reports, seemingly without irony, the following:

Prosecutors in St. Paul vacated a 1985 rape conviction yesterday after a review of old cases led to DNA testing that showed they had the wrong man. It is believed to be the first time that a prosecution-initiated review, as opposed to a defendant's appeals, has resulted in exoneration.

Well, that was very forward-looking of them. But, oh, the wasted years. Can society repay its debt to this innocent man?

The man convicted of the rape, David Brian Sutherlin, is serving a life sentence for a double murder committed while he was out on bail on the rape charge.

Oh. Well, then, why, exactly, did they bother, other than an admirable intellectual curiousity?

Prosecutors expect the lifting of the rape conviction to ease his path to parole, for which he became eligible this year.

OK. Sorry I asked.

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