When we wrongly convict people.
Fourteen years this woman spent in prison for killing her son, and it wasn’t true. The prosecutors won’t concede the point. The woman’s life has been ruined, absolutely ruined. And there is no fixing it.
She’ll get a little press coverage today and then everyone will forget about her. Nobody likes the story about how we screwed up and basically killed someone, or at least took her life away from her for no good reason, and indeed greatly compounding the harm of the child’s death.
We really need to be more careful and pay more attention and not just behave like a lynch mob, like the Casey Anthony fiasco has been so far. And that goes especially for prosecuting attorneys and judges.