Monday, March 10, 2008
I thought yesterday's 60 Minutes piece about the Alton Logan case was pretty interesting although the story left out significant pieces of the narrative, such as the government's failure to act upon evidence linking Andrew Wilson to the McDonald's robbery/shooting back in the 1980s. The most fascinating/upsetting/ironic part of the story to me was that after Logabn was convicted, 10 jurors were in favor of imposing the death penalty, but Logan was given "merely" life imprisonment based upon two holdouts. In one sense, these holdouts saved Logan's life, but in another, they surprusingly led to his continued confinement because Wilson's public defenders said that they would have come forward with his confession if Logan were given the death penalty.
According to the 60 Minutes piece, Logan will be in a courtroon here in Chicago today to argue that he deserves a new trial, and I have already written about why he should at the least be given a new trial if not exonerated entirely.