As mentioned at, I recently attended the regular meetup of the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee, and was surprised to find that there are several other important cases where outstanding evidence might one day exonerate people in our state.

Amanda Bortner, Kassidy's mother, was convicted on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, leaving everyone scratching their heads. Catholic Priest Gordon MacRae, Robert Breest and Brian Chevalier are fighting just to have their cases reheard. Prosecutors, prison builders, prison suppliers, the corrections unions, police chiefs associations and police unions lobby our legislators aggressively to add new laws, increase mandatory minimums, support gun control and fight off efforts to repeal or reform bad laws.

I believe that wrongful convictions are at the root of so much of the social and political corruption in our society. The willingness of judges and juries to convict where the evidence is weak, where criminals are given sweetheart deals in exchange for "testilying," or where faulty or outdated forensics has been accepted without scrutiny.

Innocence Project cites poor defense lawyering as much as prosecutorial misconduct. Some defense attorneys have "slept in the courtroom during trial or failed to investigate alibis, consult experts on forensic issues, or show up for hearings."

Gov. Hassan has refused to issue even a single pardon. About one-third of inmates maintain their innocence even after being released from prison.

Max Abramson

P.O. Box 746