Nov 7, 2013

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill Helping Wrongfully Convicted

Penny Brummer—Another
Innocent Incarcerated in Wisconsin
In a unanimous voice vote, the Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation increasing compensation for the wrongfully convicted—a swelling population in our country that has become putative towards the liberty of its citizens.

The United States leads the world in incarcerating its own citizens, as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia look to America as the world's "leviathan unmatched in human history," as Glenn C. Loury describes the prison-industrial complex.

Incarcerating Americans, innocent or guilty, is good business for the private prison system and great politics for the truly bipartisan enterprise of destroying the lives of our fellow citizens as we sit as bystanders.

Wisconsin is taking one step against this obscene enterprise attacking the foundation of our society, people.

Who knows about Penny Brummer of Madison, Wisconsin and Don Miller of Hurley, Wisconsin—innocent and sitting in prison today?

I hadn't heard of them, and would not have except for the determined efforts of a group of advocates.

How about Robert Lee Stinson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for whom the wrongfully convicted bill is named? Never heard of Mr. Stinson until the introduction of this bill to the Wisconsin legislature.

The State Senate "approved the amendment on a voice vote and the bill 33-0 Tuesday," reads an AP report. Never thought I see that: 33-0.

The bill is now headed to the Wisconsin State Assembly where it enjoys bipartisan support, authored by Rep. Garey Bies, (R-Sister Bay), chair of the Assembly Committee on Corrections, and Rep. Gary Hebl, (D-Sun Prairie).

There is at least one District Attorney, Martin Lipske of Iron County Wisconsin, who has engaged in a malicious prosecution, working to imprison a man whom he knew to be innocent (to borrow from the film, Judgement at Nuremberg (Kramer. 1961)).

Perhaps worse is the systemic imprisonment of those fellow human beings of whom any decent person would say: She doesn't belong behind bars.

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