My therapist recently sent this to me and I want to share it. I’ve been bitching about this shit for years and years, but nothing ever changes.
Archie Williams was falsely convicted in 1983 of a rape and stabbing that he did not commit. He was serving a life sentence but was finally exonerated 37 years later in March 2019. This occurred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
City of Baton Rouge = $0
State of Louisiana = $0
United States = $0
This isn’t even remotely close to being acceptable.
Whenever a younger person passes away, we often hear something to the effect of ‘The person had so much potential. There is no telling what the person could have accomplished. It is so sad that the person was taken away from us so soon.’
What about Archie? He was 22 years old at the time and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The United States, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and Society took it upon themselves to determine that Archie had no potential. He was deemed worthless when he was convicted and deemed worthless when he was released.
In order to receive any compensation for throwing his life away for no reason, Archie had to file a civil suit that is pending.
An attorney filed a Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint in federal court against multiple defendants that were responsible for this atrocity in March 2020. All defendants claimed they did nothing wrong in their answer, so they were not responsible. In September 2020 the schedule was released by the judge. The next deadline is December 2021 with a trial date set for November 2022.
The trial is set for 3.5 years after Archie was released! Archie is just as important as anyone else in the United States but no one can seem to comprehend that.