In her April 15 column, Esther Cepeda really made me think about how our justice system is flawed by human frailty. Five teenagers spent most of their lives in prison for a crime they didn't commit, later confessed to by a serial rapist. Why? The boys were worn out and confessed after about 30 hours of continuous interrogation, and a juror later said he voted for a guilty verdict so he could finally go home.
Following the Chandra Levy case, I wrote a letter to The Bee stating that Ingmar Guandique's guilt had not been proven. For one thing, there was no DNA evidence. I am a private investigator, used to adding up facts. But I withdrew the letter before it printed to spare the Levy family any additional pain. Now we hear new evidence that Chandra might have been abducted from her home before being found in the park, and I know the family wants to get to the bottom of this.
I wonder how many people's lives have been shattered by a justice system that cannot protect them when human emotion and frailty overrules fact, or lack thereof? Judges, jurors, attorneys, investigators and expert witnesses are all human and act accordingly.