Tuesday, December 8, 2015

When "I Didn't Do It" Means He Didn't Do It

2000: "First of all, I want to say I didn't do it." Floyd Bledsoe, before being sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.

2002: "Finding no error, we affirm." State v. Bledsoe, 272 Kan. 1350, 1351 (2002) (affirming Floyd Bledsoe's murder conviction on direct appeal).

2007: "[O]ur confidence in the jury's verdict is not undermined." Bledsoe v. State, 283 Kan. 81, 91 (2007) (affirming district court's denial of Floyd Bledsoe's K.S.A. 60-1507 motion).

2015: "Going back to milking cows . . . something peaceful and quiet for a while." Floyd Bledsoe, in answer to a reporter's question about what he's going to do now that his 15-year-old murder conviction has finally been vacated.

And thus we are reminded, once again, that it happens: Innocent people are convicted. Wrongful convictions are affirmed. And sometimes it takes years---not to mention DNA tests and a guilty brother's confessional suicide note---before some semblance of justice is served.

Peace be with you indeed, Floyd Bledsoe.

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