OK. Larry King Live last night featured Kirk Bloodsworth, who was exonerated of rape/murder charges, after 9 years in prison, when a DNA test didn’t match. He now does foundation work to provide indigent inmates access to DNA testing.
Bloodsworth tells his story. So far, so good. Then Larry brings on the panel of experts. Number one is Boston prosecutor and talking-head Wendy Murphy, who has some half-intelligible rant about what’s wrong with DNA testing and how it will make it impossible to convict anybody of anything. Wendy’s presentation:
- Say, “I don’t want to retry the case.”
- Proceed to pop out the claws and start swiping crazily at Bloodsworth about some point of evidence that suggested he still could have been at the crime scene, thereby doing exactly that.
The other 2 panelists (one a forensic examiner) immediately reacted with extreme indignation. I forget the adjective they used on Murphy, but it was something like “shameless.”
I understand prosecuting attorneys aren’t exactly overjoyed about having their verdicts overturned after the fact. But what possible purpose could Murphy have had to go all ballistic on this guy? Other than to make an ugly impression on the TV audience and slap 3 people around in a debate?