Ernest Sonnier's release is just the latest case that highlights the ongoing problem of wrongful convictions in Texas. And writ large, it is a reminder of the continuing struggle we face to fix our nation's broken criminal justice system.
Tim Masters was fifteen years old at the time of his alleged crime, and was not convicted until 12 years later. He languished in prison for almost ten years, and spent half his life trying to prove his innocence.
All charges have at last been dropped against 55-year-old Alton Logan, who languished behind bars more than a quarter of a century for the murder of a security guard -- a crime that two Chicago public defenders knew almost from the beginning he hadn't committed.