In the May 21, 2012 issue of the Huffington Post, Pete Yost recounts that in the last 23 years, over 2,000 people who were convicted by a jury, were later exonerated by the same “justice system” that locked them up. There is no official record keeping bureau keeping track of this, so the University of Michigan Law School decided to set one up. The Center for Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern School of Law, has the most accurate list on exonerations ever compiled. They have studied the cases of 873 convictions that totaled a little more than 10,000 years in prison. Nearly half were homicide cases, and 101 were death sentences. The common factor in most of these cases was perjury or false testimony. Another common thread was a dishonest prosecutor who actually knew the person was innocent but tried for a conviction or a “win” anyway. Most of these involved people who were underfunded and unable to put on a proper defense against a well funded prosecution team.
The sole purpose of the blog is tell the story of one of these cases that has not been exonerated but needs to be. This is the story of Ken Andersen, of White Earth, Minnesota. Ken is serving a life sentence in Rush City, Minnesota. He is innocent. I ask you to begin to take a look at the facts of the case.
On April 13, 2007, Chad Swedberg was found dead in the woods behind his house. His best friend, Ken Andersen, was convicted of killing him. This blog will explore the details of how that occurred. Juries all over the country are sending the wrong people to prison, some even to their death. The State of Texas has recently admitted executing several men, who later were found to be 100% innocent. This should bother us more than it does. I remember the current Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, bragging in the Republican Primary debates, that he has never lost a minute’s sleep over these executions. How is this possible?
New postings will be published on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Come back tomorrow for the beginning of this real life tragedy.