WDAM Viewpoint- Justice finally served - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

WDAM Viewpoint- Justice finally served

When she was barely 21 years old, Lee Stubbs of Collins was sentenced to 44 years in prison along with Tammy Vance for alleged serious bodily harm to Janet Williams.  It was a murky case at best played out in a Lincoln County courtroom.  Michael West, a Hattiesburg dentist, who billed himself as a forensic specialist gave testimony that even he now says was not sufficient to hold up in court and, based largely on his testimony the two girls were found guilty in 2001.  Some time ago the Mississippi Innocence Project got involved and after deposing West and presenting Judge Michael Taylor with additional evidence not presented in the original trial…he vacated the charge and after 11 years the ladies have been set free.  They lost precious prime years from their lives behind bars that can never be re-lived.  This has been a tragedy and, in our opinion a gross miscarriage of justice that should never have happened.  The State Attorney General's office has until August 6th to decide whether to re-indict them.  We trust that will not happen.  There are people convicted of murder and other heinous crimes far worse who spend far less time in prison than these young ladies who were convicted on junk evidence to begin with and need to be free to move on with their lives in freedom.  On the other hand, the 80 some odd cases that West has testified in should and may well all be investigated closer with an eye on his testimony.  We applaud Judge Taylor for doing what we consider the right thing.  I'm Jim Cameron.  Let us hear from you.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Lumberton Aldermen vote to end police chief's suspension, fire city clerk

    Lumberton Aldermen vote to end police chief's suspension, fire city clerk

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:38 PM EST2018-02-23 03:38:18 GMT
    The Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted to end the suspension of the police chief and fire the city clerk during a special-called meeting Thursday night. (Photo source: WDAM)The Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted to end the suspension of the police chief and fire the city clerk during a special-called meeting Thursday night. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted to end the suspension of the police chief and fire the city clerk during a special-called meeting Thursday night.  On Monday, WDAM reported that the Lumberton Police Department said Chief Shane Flynt had submitted his resignation and that Phillip Ducksworth was serving as the interim police chief. Mayor Quincy Rogers would not comment on the issue.  According to a city official, Flynt was suspended and submitted his resi...

    More >>

    The Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted to end the suspension of the police chief and fire the city clerk during a special-called meeting Thursday night.  On Monday, WDAM reported that the Lumberton Police Department said Chief Shane Flynt had submitted his resignation and that Phillip Ducksworth was serving as the interim police chief. Mayor Quincy Rogers would not comment on the issue.  According to a city official, Flynt was suspended and submitted his resi...

    More >>
  • Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

    Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

  • Lamar Co. Superintendent warns of spreading social media threats

    Lamar Co. Superintendent warns of spreading social media threats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:22 PM EST2018-02-23 01:22:33 GMT
    The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)

    An increased police presence was visible at Sumrall High School on Thursday morning due to a social media post posing a threat.

    More >>

    An increased police presence was visible at Sumrall High School on Thursday morning due to a social media post posing a threat.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly