by, The accidental felon ( http://accidentalfelon.com/-lost-in-the-system-.html)
“It seems like virtually every week there’s another case of prosecutorial misconduct that gains national attention in the media.”
- Cardozo Law Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky
Were it simply a matter of law, I believe that I could still be exonerated. The law is very specific: Unintentional, “accidental” contact is, by definition, not illegal. With no sexual interest in children or child pornography and no deliberate activity, I’ve always believed myself morally innocent of the crime. And now that I understand what the law says I know that I am legally innocent as well, an understanding which has given me hope through this horrible time.
- To be charged with a crime that hadn’t even occurred to you to commit;
- To have the tools of your life, your memories and career stripped away, making your existence precarious and empty;
- To be arrested, publicly humiliated, abandoned and immediately presumed guilty by everyone of the worst kinds of crimes;
- To be tricked by your own attorney into assisting the prosecution;
- To be given a brutally long sentence after a contradictory and ineffectual pretense of a defense;
- To be cheated out of your opportunity to appeal;
- To then finally discover, in prison, that you didn’t actually break the law; that you were merely a powerless, manipulated scapegoat for a conviction-driven system whose own investigator reported evidence that you were innocent of your charge.