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Compensating the Wrongly Convicted in Hawaii
Posted: February 24, 2011 3:22 pm
Hawaii law makes no promises to victims like Alvin Jardine: no financial compensation, no services, no assistance of any kind. The most he can currently hope for is an apology from the officials who made the mistake that stole 7,000 days of his life. But "Oops, sorry!" is not enough, and suing is unlikely to gain him anything because the U.S. Supreme Court has made it all but impossible to recover damages from the people responsible for miscarriages of justice.
Hawaii's law needs to be changed. So does the tendency of criminal justice officials to deny the reality of ruinous mistakes about guilt and innocence -- sometimes in the absence of malice, and sometimes in its presence.
Jardine, who was granted a new trial after his conviction was overturned in January, maintained his innocence throughout his trials, claiming that he was at home at the time of the attack. He gave up the possibility of parole a decade earlier by refusing to enter sex-abuse treatment that would have required him to admit guilt, according to the Star Advertiser.
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27 States Have Compensation Statutes: Is Yours One?
Hawaii Reviews Identification Reforms
Posted: February 28, 2012 1:30 pm
Tags: Hawaii, Eyewitness Identification, Eyewitness Misidentification