So, a cop takes you away. They accuse you of murder. They put you away for a life sentence. 30 years later DNA evidence proves that you did not commit any crime. The prosecutor, the lawyer who put you away wrongly gets to keep doing his thing as if nothing has happened. With the benefit of DNA evidence, the ability to check blood types of people on clothing and other saved fabrics; the new evidence can and does prove that many of the accused were never even near the crime scene and therefore innocent, yes, they could not have committed murder.
There is a real life person Michael Morton who was once an ordinary citizen with a wife and child and a job and no criminal record but then he was sent to prison for life. So, If you have a “boring life” be happy and glad that nothing really changes from day to day. In 1987 in a very public trial, Michael was convicted of brutally murdering his wife. Even as he was being led to prison, he insisted that he was innocent. Hardly anyone believed him. Until last year when he was exonerated, yes let free , by the new evidence of DNA testing.
Ken Anderson the Williamson Co, District Atty. prosecuted Michael Morton and told the jury that he killed his wife because she wouldn’t have sex with him. There was no murder weapon or direct evidence linking Morton to the crime. Ken argued persuasively that Michael was violent and unremorseful. Michael and his lawyers always thought that there was key evidence that was ignored and not presented or made available during the trial. He never even got complete access to the filed police report.
There also was a investigative report of a neighbor that stated that she saw a male park a green van on the street and saw a man go behind the house. This is precisely the kind of evidence that a prosecutor is legally and ethically obligated to disclose. You know, it is easier to close cases as quickly as possible than to undergo costly long investigations, perhaps that is why Anderson was quick to accuse and close the case.
Eventually some kind of justice does prevail.