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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Prisoner Held Without Trial 38 Years Is Let Go

My eyes usually glaze over when I read legal arguments made by prisoners who claim that their Due Process rights have been violated. But the following story makes me grateful that there is a right to Due Process in this country to which prisoners can resort. The L.A. Times reports:

"A 70-year-old man who spent nearly four decades in an Indian prison, without charge and seemingly forgotten, was ordered set free on bail by the country's highest court.

Jagjivan Ram Yadav, arrested in 1968 on suspicion of killing his sister-in-law, never faced trial because authorities lost the records regarding his case."

Perhaps the worst part of this story is that, after rotting in prison for nearly four decades without a conviction, Mr. Yadav was only set free on bail.

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