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Cornealious "Mike" Anderson: An Epilogue to the RFT Story Featured On This American Life

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mktrrzs9
mktrrzs9

FAIR, JUSTICE. Really. Say these words to a judge, a lawyer, a probation/parole officer, prosecuting attorney. They will laugh at that. It is about the LAWWW. The law is about one thing, and has nothing to do with fair. The law is about FACTS, and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. The court system is about winning. Defense, and the prosecution. Do we stand in front of a court house, and see a building where justice is served? It's a business to make money, every time the state sends someone to prison, the federal government pays the state.In the 70's we had hundreds of prisons in the US. Now we have thousands.Since DNA, people in prison have been found they are in fact, innocent. The system is not perfect.Those released through DNA, get thousands, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ your tax dollars.People die every day due to DWI. This country refuses to do anything about it. Censors can be put in every vehicle in this country, the technology is cheap. If you have had more than 3 beers, your car won't start.DWI is multiply billion dollar money maker for the courts. Limit every establishment to 2 alcohol drinks per person. No they won't do that either. That would mean Billions of $$$$$$$$$, in lost revenue taxes. This would be call killing the cash cow.  None of this is fair, but the fact is he was convicted he needs to serve his time.  The chances of you or I dying of a drunk driver is high.

mktrrzs9
mktrrzs9

Are you people kidding? This man was convicted, by his peers.He needs to serve his time. Yes he fell through the cracks. If he would have told them back then. He would be done, but he did not. Why? Could it be maybe he was just hoping to get away with it? Could it be maybe he is dishonest? So all those in prison right now serving their time are thinking wow I wish they would have forgot about me.We have a legal system in place for a reason. We need to uphold it, and abide by, other wise we are a failure to our own society.

threeball
threeball

This is ridiculous,a young stupid kid commits a crime,is convicted and sentenced,waits for the incarceration to begin,dreading his fate for all these years should be punishment enough,even his victim agrees.While waiting for the MDC to come get him,he becomes an upright citizen and taxpayer,plus a coach helping kids,how in hell can Missouri justify NOW incarcerating a totally changed {no resembleance of that stupid kid} citizen.

nanaz
nanaz

Is there anyway to help support Mike and his family and to get this man who has turned his life around back home with his wife and kids?


mishagain
mishagain

Why hasn't this story gained national media attention? Even the victim recognizes the injustice of it all. Come on media, stop arguing about nothing and do something good for a change! I agree with Nanaz, how can we help his family until his release?

nanaz
nanaz

Is there anyway to help support Mike and his family and help get this man who has turned his life around back home with his wife and kids?

dclinda
dclinda

seems to me that incarcerating Mike would be a great miscarriage of justice.  If restitution to the justice system still needs to be paid, why not resentence to community service.  He certainly has the skills to help.

socialJustice
socialJustice

Putting Mike in prison 13 years later when he is now a husband, a father, and contributing to the society significantly increased the punishment. The mistake is made by the government, not by Mike, so why should he be punished? The court should take the several months Mike has served as the fair punishment and let him go home ASAP.

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kuliaikanuu
kuliaikanuu

@mktrrzs9  What good will it honestly do for him to serve all that time? This guy is an upstanding citizen. A business owner who is paying taxes and raising children. He's a benefit to his community. His community is suffering directly as long as he is sitting in prison. Seriously, please explain the public benefit of him being in prison right now. And by the way "but it's not FAIR!!" is not a public benefit. 

lidlebitz
lidlebitz

Just because the state of Missouri screwed up doesn't mean the man is dishonest! Obviously, he stayed out of trouble and created a decent life for himself in those 13 years or the state would have a figured out THEIR mistake sooner.

mktrrzs9
mktrrzs9

@nanaz support him. He needs to serve his time, like everyone else in prison. What are we going to let everybody go now, everyone we feel sorry for. If he was an honest person, he would have contacted the court house, but he did not. He would have been out by now. It's state prison. They gave him 13,. he only does half of that.

mktrrzs9
mktrrzs9

@lidlebitz  

My point is this, the law is the law. I don't care who you are. All those in prison serving their time, are paying their debt to society. He got 13 free years to start a family. He should be grateful for that, serve his time, be a man. He can probably get the
DA to settle for 2.,, or 3 yrs. Stop crying, is so lucky.

nontracau
nontracau

@mktrrzs9 @nanazBut he did contact the courthouse. The story says that he filed a post-conviction appeal that stated that he was not presently incarcerated. So now the government is going to put his man in jail at the cost of $20,000 per year at the taxpayers expense.  In addition, what if his wife cannot support the family on her salary.  What if she has to collect food stamps and other social services also at the taxpayers expense (although through no fault of her own).  If he has to serve some time I think it should be reduced as he has obviously rehabilitated himself, and I think the state should make arrangements so that he could serve his time on the week-ends, since he has shown he is not a flight risk. That way the state gets its pound of flesh and he can continue to support his family keeping everyone out of the taxpayer's pocket.

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