Letter: Hold Government accountable for Hash
Your recent article about Michael Hash, the man who was accused of
murder and wrongly imprisoned for 12 years really struck me. In today’s
modern society, you would think that criminal offenses by government
officials in the handling of innocent people’s court cases wouldn’t be
acceptable. I understand that before DNA testing was available, it was
often difficult to prove someone’s guilt, but the fact that government
officials deceived the courts and the people without any punishment is
Our criminal justice system is based on Classical Theory, the theory that knowing the punishment for a crime will deter you from doing it. Yet, this theory doesn’t seem to apply to government officials since they don’t receive the punishments. They know that even if they mishandle a case and commit crimes in the process, they won’t be prosecuted, or at least not harshly.
As written in the article, only one case of the 250 first exonerations from DNA testing held a prosecutor or law enforcement officer responsible for fabrication of evidence or other criminal actions, and even that case resulted in an acquittal. Programs like The Innocence Project shouldn’t have to exist, but since they do, we should stop accepting the pedestal government officials stand on and make sure every man, no matter his job title, is treated equally under the law.