Poor Patsy Ramsey.  Not only did she lose a child, but she lived the last sad years of her life under an unimaginable cloud:  suspicion that she killed her own child.  I can’t imagine the pain she must have lived with.

The news that new DNA evidence cleared the entire Ramsey family in JonBenet’s death was stunning.  It seemed almost everyone thought someone in the family had a connection to the gruesome murder of the child.  It’s hard to figure out how the police case was so wrong.

And it reminds me of another terrible injustice:  man after man who has served years in prison, then been cleared by new DNA evidence in Dallas County.  I don’t know how we pay back the Ramseys for the torture they suffered on top of their loss, nor do I know how we compensate a man who spent most of his adult life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

We pride ourselves on a fair justice system in this country, and there is no doubt it is one of the best in the world.  But try telling that to the Ramseys or a man wrongly convicted.

Surely we can somehow do better because I don’t think there’s any way to adequately compensate them.


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