(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, August 15, 2002

"An imaginary homicide" A NYT op-ed this morning about three retarded defendants in Alabama who were induced to plead guilty to having killed a baby, despite the fact that the baby rather clearly never existed. (I'm not talking, here, about divisive arguments about whether life begins at conception. I'm talking about no baby in anyone's definition of the word). It looks as though justice may prevail despite the prosecutor's continuing efforts. Wish that I could link to the recent decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals in favor of one of the defendants, but again I can't because there's no website.

UPDATE: The Birmingham News, certainly not known for a liberal bias, also had a scathing editorial about this case yesterday.

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