My head is spinning here — since when can a person be convicted and jailed for rape because the victim pointed out the alleged attacker in a dream?
No other evidence. No witnesses. Just a dream.
The 28-year imprisonment of Denver, Colorado resident Clarence Moses-El through clairvoyance screams predatory imprisonment.
The rest of this story shouldn’t surprise you one bit — y’know, since we’re talking about dreaming someone into jail and all — but the details up to the point Moses-El’s release a couple of days ago will nonetheless break your heart.
What seems certain is that a horrible crime occurred during a summer evening in 1987 — a woman was raped and savagely beaten. Since then, Moses-El has maintained his innocence.
And despite the victim being unable to identify her attacker because the rape occurred in darkness, a rape kit that was collected but never tested, a blood sample taken at the scene of the assault that didn’t match Moses-El’s, the unshakable alibi testimony from three witnesses and a lead police investigator who had doubts about this case from the start, a court sentenced Moses-El to 48 years in prison.
Moses-El had hope on his side during the mid-90s when a judge ordered the rape kit — which sat with a “Do Not Destroy” sign affixed to it in a police storage area — to be tested.
Inexplicably — okay, to some of you anyway — the rape kit was thrown away.
The Colorado Legislature intervened on Moses-El’s behalf in 2008 when it attempted to pass a unprecedented bill which would have given inmates a new trial when their respective DNA evidence has been destroyed by law enforcement. The measure unraveled after then Governor Bill Ritter threatened a veto.
It finally took the confession of another inmate in 2013 to set Moses-El’s path to freedom this month, although Colorado District Attorney Mitch Morrissey reportedly blocked this confession’s court entry prior to Judge Kandace Gerdes vacating Moses-El’s conviction this week.
All the articles I’ve read about this case point to a tragedy rife with prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness intimidation.
All in the name of supporting a dream.
It looks like some city officials should see some jail time, preceded by the loss of jobs and pensions.
Peace and Power to Clarence Moses-El and family …
song currently stuck in my head: “monday morning” – boyan