Our local TV just broadcasted a TV-show about Sarah Pendler Jo Pender, who was sentenced 110 years for a murder which took place while she wasn’t home. Of course she helped the murderer covering up the murder but in a country where bad upbringing can free you of prison, 110 years seems to point the obvious out: She was poor. She was convicted already before she entered the court room.
Of course her deed shouldn’t go unpunished but what is the point of going after those who just clean up after crimes? They cannot remove evidence totally and they will be more willing to sell out if they have nothing to lose later. In the case of Michael Perry from Texas who allegedly killed a woman which today is considered a doubtful conviction based on the bizarre conduct by the arresting officer, one of the main witnesses had a very close connection with the local police – so close in fact that no names are mentioned because people have been killed for less when it comes to covering up plots by law information officers. This witness was never convicted of her actions connected to the murder. Michael Perry – a victim of the infamous Casa by the Sea boarding school which was closed by the authorities – has been executed, so the cover-up worked.
In Denmark we can mention the “Pedal Ove” case where a man was convicted of the murder of his wife almost totally based on bad reputation in the isolated Jutland community where he lived. He was cleared after having served 7 years in prison. He was given a compensation but in the local community was branded.
Sometime it is a question of some police officers and prosecuters trying to make a career. In Denmark we remember the case about a female so-called serial killer who claimed the lives of 23 people in the nursing home she worked in. The motive should have been that she financed her familys undertaker business. Years later it was proven that the real culpit was the doctor attached to the nursing home who made mistakes with medication. The doctor was quietly fined (because we are talking about rich people) and the poor woman released with her life destroyed.
Yes. Money means a lot when we are talking justice and it is all over the world.
- Sarah Jo Pender (Wikipedia)
- Ethan Couch (Wikipedia)
- Pedal Ove (Wrongly Convicted Database Record)
- Report: Nurse Offered $53K Apology (Google Groups)