Nonetheless, the prosecutor on the panel on TV was reluctant to admit that Kirk had been wrongly convicted. She insisted that DNA did not tell the whole picture, which is probably true, and that Kirk could have been a second party in this murder, which is patently ridiculous. The real killer's semen was found all over the young girl's body and the guy admitted to killing her! What more do we need?
Both Kirk and a representative from Project Innocence pointed out to this prosecutor that she would be quick to condemn any man that she was prosecuting if his DNA was found at the scene of a crime. In that case, DNA would be a perfectly acceptable and reliable tool to use. But when it comes to establishing one's innocence, that's another story.
This incident illustrates how difficult it is for the legal system to say that it's wrong. They made a mistake. They're sorry. In the face of concrete evidence that is often lacking in other crimes -- only a fraction of all crimes involve DNA! -- this particular prosecutor would not back down. Shameful. It only goes to show how crucial it is for the Milgaard Inquiry to push for an independent judicial panel. How long do we have to wait for a group of impartial souls to take a hard look at the people behind bars?
P.S. Buy Kirk's book! We should support him and learn the grisly details behind his arrest, conviction and life in prison.