And who we lie most often to is ourselves.
Any time spent alongside exonerees brings into sharp focus the enormity and frightening consequences of cases like People v. Merritt.
In addition to an innocent person losing their liberty (and perhaps their life) wrongful convictions require that everyone engage in a bizarre and macabre performance during the sentencing phase where an innocent person endures witness after witness angrily giving them blame for crimes someone else committed.
No one wins (with the exception of the real criminals and killers). And perhaps those whose careers advance by way of the wrongful conviction.
Those who believe in Merritt’s guilt will feel a victory for the moment, however I suspect this victory will turn out to be hollow. The truth has a sneaky way of surfacing. Eventually.
Unfortunately the truth here may take some time to be fully known. The defense for Chase Merritt laid out important groundwork for this. I encourage all truth-seekers to comb over the evidence presented at this trial.
Somewhere in the rubble of this tragic outcome are answers.