On Maurice Carter's birthday has anything changed?
Maurice Carter would be 72 years of age today. Thanks to the State of Michigan, his life was cut short. We lost him in the autumn of 2004, after only 3 months of freedom. Maurice had served 29 years for a crime he did not commit, almost one half of his entire life here on earth. Yesterday, one day before Maurice’s birthday, I spoke to a group of high school seniors in Grand Haven. As we neared the end of the hour, one beautiful young woman who was completely getting the picture asked me, “After 15 years of working with the system, do you see any improvement?” The question caught me a bit off guard. That’s not one that I’m used to hearing. And my answer reflected that…I stumbled and bumbled. As I recall, I think that I answered that I haven’t seen much improvement, but that I was cautiously optimistic. I’m wondering what change Maurice would see if he were sitting beside me this morning. I don’t think the number of wrongful convictions has changed. It’s still happ