Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights

It’s so easy to brand innocent people as criminals when due process is not safeguarded:

Morales, in his testimony, talked about one instance in which the cops allegedly locked up an innocent man.

Morales was being crossed-examined by strip-club owner Sam Zherka in a civil caseover a commercial-business dispute, and Zherka, acting as his own lawyer and referring to himself in the third person, asked him:

“Did you ever state to Mr. Zherka, ‘We put away some poor slob in The Bronx?’ ”

“I’m sure it did happen. I just don’t remember the exact conversation we had,” Morales replied about the 2010 incident.

Throwing innocent people in jail to meet arrest quotas? Another perverse incentive of the drug war.

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