The horrific truth – if your lawyer isn’t diligent at trial, you may have no recourse later, even when strong evidence of your innocence is later found.
The ancient Greek playwright, Euripides, once wrote, “Ours is a world in which justice is accidental, and innocence no protection.”
Interestingly, there is an op-ed piece in the NY Times today with the title “When Innocence Is No Defense.”
This quote from the article: “What is most troubling (about the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision) is that the issue of innocence becomes irrelevant if there has been a failure of due diligence. In effect, the ruling elevates finality over justice to the point that an innocent person can be imprisoned, even executed, because of errors made by his lawyer. Absent a constitutional safety net, an innocent person convicted after a procedurally adequate trial is out of luck.” (Highlighting is mine.)
See the NY Times op-ed piece by Julie Seaman here.