New York Times columnist Bob Herbert begins a series of articles on the erroneous conviction of a 19-year-old black man for rape and murder.

North Carolina prosecuted Darryl Hunt despite no physical evidence linking him to the scene and a mentally disturbed Klansman [oxymoron] as its main witness.

But it gets better.

DNA evidence showed that neither Hunt, nor his two alleged accomplices (who were never tried), could have committed the crime.

"Incredibly, that didn't matter. The judge refused to order a new trial," Herbert writes. "There was obviously a fourth man, the judge said, and he may have been an accomplice of Mr. Hunt's as well. The state liked that idea, and adopted it as its own."


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