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The Innocence Project works towards a noble cause: get innocent people out of prison.

Could the Innocence Project go too far and get guilty people released? I have seen a number of articles praising the work of the Innocence Project and quite often the evidence that they use to claim someone is innocent is weak.

The New York Times published an article claiming that the men convicted of murdering Malcolm X a half century ago were actually innocent. In my opinion, the evidence provided to overturn this was weak and it looked like this was a donation grabbing grandstanding on the part of the Innocence Project and the current politically motivated prosecutor.

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Joel Gross | Los Angeles
We see lots of these ancient convictions being overturned. Do we really have a better overall picture of what happened then the people who were directly involved, including all of the eyewitnesses, the evidence, and such? Are we sure we aren’t just rewriting history the way we would rather have seen it go?

I went back to look at this comment later and it was gone. My comment was censored by the New York Times. All that remained were comments in support of the Innocence Project. I contacted the New York Times through chat support and was told to email their editors. I did, and received an auto reply that they got a lot of emails and probably would not be replying.

Keep in mind that the Innocence Project was founded by two attorneys who managed to get a guilty murderer falsely declared innocent: OJ Simpson. After OJ was acquitted, he wrote a book about how he did it. I think skepticism and questioning their work is a healthy thing.

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Joel Gross is the CEO of Coalition Technologies.

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