On January 11, 1982, armed robbers murdered Lloyd Wickliffe, a security guard at a McDonalds on South Halsted in Chicago. Edgar Hope was arrested and charged with the murder. Three witnesses identified a second man, Alton Logan, as being Hope's accessory. Hope told his attorneys he didn't know Logan, that he had never seen him before, and that, in fact, Andrew Wilson was his trigger man. Logan's attorney was never told of Hope's testimony. Wilson's attorneys knew, and they knew because Wilson told them. But they kept quiet. They let Alton Logan spend 26 years in prison for a crime they knew he didn't commit. They waited until Wilson died before coming forward three weeks ago.
Now what? Life is not a dress rehearsal. We don't get back 26 minutes or days. Certainly not 26 years. I've never served time, but my friends who have describe the ways in which the prison system is set up to demean, reify, and bore its inmates into submission. I couldn't deal with it well for 26 hours, let alone a relentless life sentence. And for a crime I never committed?
Wilson's attorneys, Dale Coventry and Jamie Kunz, say they were bound by client-attorney privilege not to squeal.
Excuse me. You know you are participating in a gross miscarriage of justice, but you're too ethical to stop it?
Help me out here, lawyers. Why is it better for Logan's life to be wasted than for you to talk?
And my brother and sister bloggers, what possible steps can Coventry and Kunz take now to make Logan's life==let's not say whole--it can never be that--but less pain-filled and diminished than it is now?