Wayne Prosecutor Guilty of CYA (Covering Your Ass) -- Finley

Prosecutor Kym Worthy

Too often Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her office can't admit making a mistake, writes Nolan Finley, head of The Detroit News editorial page.

Worthy is more concerned about CYA (covering your ass), he writes: 

At least six times in recent years inmates prosecuted by Wayne County have had their convictions overturned after serving long sentences. And in every case Worthy battled till the end to keep them imprisoned.

I asked David Moran, director of the Innocence Clinic, if Wayne County ever admits it made a mistake. “Not to us,” he said.

Finley cites cases, including this one:

Desmond Ricks contends Detroit police framed him by switching out the bullets found in the murder victim. The ballistics expert who testified against him now concurs, and the University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic found the evidence compelling enough to take the case.

I don’t know if Ricks is innocent. But I do know that when presented with the credible evidence that he might be, the response from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy should have been to take a hard look with an open mind. Instead, Worthy’s office dismissed the claim outright, according to the Associated Press, as “ingeniously imaginative.” . . .:   

I don’t know what motivates such stubbornness. But it sure ain’t justice.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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