Miscarriages of justice all too common

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 10:45 am

To The Herald-Whig:

I was pleased that The Herald-Whig ran an article in its Nov. 6 edition about a miscarriage of justice that occurred in Buffalo, Mo., which should be corrected. The story indicated that the defense attorney was not told at trial that a robe worn by the defendant-husband did not show evidence of gun shot residue, thus proving that he did not shoot his wife.

Let me guess -- the authorities probably just forgot to transmit that information. Maybe the information was erased by mistake on a computer.

Here is the pattern the government follows in prosecuting innocent citizens: 1. A death occurs by means of an accident, suicide or medical reason; 2. A vindictive person contacts an inexperienced investigator with a ludicrous story that points to a murder; 3. The authorities concoct a "theory of the case" as to how it happened; 4. Any facts that do not agree with the "theory of the case" are disregarded; and 5. Evidence that proves that the accused is innocent is concealed from the attorney of the accused.

Citizens of Quincy, does any of this sound familiar?

Thank the Holy Mother that the trial of Curtis Lovelace was moved to Springfield, where he received a fair trial.


Stephen Landuyt


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