Justice delayed is justice denied. This should apply to the case of Dennis Dechaine.

Even if the chances were infinitesimally small that Dechaine was wrongly convicted, there are enough recurring and sobering reminders that the judicial system should not be allowed to claim infallibility.

Those responsible for repeatedly and pre-emptively denying a plausible review of a questionable and possibly compromised case should face up to the (ever-so-remote?) possibility of having committed a miscarriage of justice.

Being more interested in avoiding embarrassment than seeing justice prevail should bar those responsible from being part of a review process because of conflict of interest.

There should be a preponderance of interest in protecting the integrity of the judiciary than camouflaging its shortcomings.

Howard N. Stewart


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