Another Mistaken Conviction

Larry Johnson has served 18 years of a life sentence for a rape he did not commit. He is about to be freed since DNA tests have confirmed he could not have been the rapist.

We would like to note his counsel's comments in the article about the prosecutrix, Jennifer Joyce, who is now trying to sound sorry about the conviction and waste of a man's adulthood.

Barry Scheck, co-director of the New York-based Innocence Project, said Joyce was "personally responsible" for a two-year delay in freedom for Johnson.

"We have found she has been one of the most obstinate district attorneys in the United States, with respect to DNA testing," Scheck said. "By obstinately refusing to go along with testing ... she is getting in the way of innocent people getting out of jail.... She deserves no credit for the case."

We join Scheck and others in calling for Joyce to stop opposing DNA testing for inmates asserting factual innocence and to drop all "frivolous" appeals.

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