'I never should have been in jail'

'I never should have been in jail'

There are 161 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 23, 2007, titled 'I never should have been in jail'. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

An Indianapolis man wrongly imprisoned 11 years for a rape he didn't commit was cleared but languished in prison for two more years because of a paperwork mistake.

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dog

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Apr 24, 2007
i would sue the state and ask for damages emotional distress. a clear cut case of rasism and a witness who lied under oath. send her to jail for ten years and order her to pay his court cost and back expences. this tics me off and makes one wonder how mwny more innocent people are in jail over a lying ,man hating, females testimony. i am middle aged white male and am sick of the way men are always portrayed as the bad guy. hey get on with your life and get out of this crappy state
Hammerman

San Francisco, CA

#2 Apr 24, 2007
SAD!... that justice was denied the victim as well as Harold Buntin, who spent 11 years of his life being punished for a crime he did not commit. There is no monetary award worth the psychological impact of being found guility of a crime you didn't do, and then loosing your liberty. It borders on kidnap by a government. How many others have or are serving time for crimes they did not commit? Not many care unless it is their neck in the noose. SAD day for justice.
indy early

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Apr 24, 2007
He should sue the Judge,the court,the balif, the deputy clerk and they should have to go through every archived file to see who else doesn't belong incarcerated.

“a girl with opinions”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#4 Apr 24, 2007
this is a good example of problems with our criminal justice system. I hope he sues, he deserves a lot of money, however much he lost in wages while he was incarcerated, plus emotional damages.
jjj

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Apr 24, 2007
Hammerman wrote:
SAD!... that justice was denied the victim as well as Harold Buntin, who spent 11 years of his life being punished for a crime he did not commit. There is no monetary award worth the psychological impact of being found guility of a crime you didn't do, and then loosing your liberty. It borders on kidnap by a government. How many others have or are serving time for crimes they did not commit? Not many care unless it is their neck in the noose. SAD day for justice.
get down hammer you are the man . is this town screwed up or have i gone nuts ... lock me up i did it ...not

“Not you average Cracker”

Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis

#6 Apr 24, 2007
Time to join a Native American Tribe...the SUE!
jjj

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Apr 24, 2007
Bleached White wrote:
Time to join a Native American Tribe...the SUE!
it would be an honnor my good man

“END THE FED!”

Since: Feb 07

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!

#8 Apr 24, 2007
They failed this man. He should be fully compensated. Every penny and ALL TRUE costs. Period, it is that simple.
It's not going to be that simple though, is it?
I weep for Indy, who collectively has lost it's way...
Mark

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Apr 24, 2007
They should put the baliff in jail for two years until they process that paperwork. I agree that his family as well as him should be compensated for all cost incurred by this imprisonment as well as punitive damages.

I don't blame him, I would have run too if it looked like I was going to be convicted for a crime I didn't do.
Humm

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Apr 24, 2007
"After an unrelated arrest in Florida in 1994, police discovered Buntin was a fugitive and sent him back to Indiana"
Hummm...maybe if he had been left in Florida, he could of kept committing his crimes there and the mess in Indiana would of never happened!
Jesse

New Palestine, IN

#11 Apr 24, 2007
Yes, one would think that exonerating evidence would lead to one's immediate release, NOT whenever the paperwork gets filed.

Our legal system has once again screwed up, and what do they do, bury the paperwork deep, and forget all about it.

I guess that's just their way of not owning up to the fact that they made a mistake and didn't do their jobs properly.

I think prosecutors and judges should carry liability insurance like doctors, so when they do send innocent people to prison, which should NEVER happen, then they open themselves up to a lawsuit.
usmc

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Apr 24, 2007
Grant Hawkins court once again in the news.
cicero resident

Lockport, IL

#13 Apr 24, 2007
but we have a new place to play foot ball and basketball for the other law breakers. and my what a basketball/football arena it is. do you GET it, we build buildings to go play and this guy gets the shaft for all those years. where can i help others get a DNA test, no way the family should have "struggled" to get 4K. unreal, but we have a pretty all the pretty buildings and sights to see when he comes back to court for his compensation.
nosey

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Apr 24, 2007
paisleyposey wrote:
They failed this man. He should be fully compensated. Every penny and ALL TRUE costs. Period, it is that simple.
It's not going to be that simple though, is it?
I weep for Indy, who collectively has lost it's way...
Do you have a job or is this your job?
cicero resident

Lockport, IL

#15 Apr 24, 2007
the lawyers had to get starbucks and other things done first. i will bet - if i screwed up in equal proportions I would be FIRED before i even exhaled.
LTC Neal Michal USA Ret

Atlanta, MI

#16 Apr 24, 2007
the folks that put him there should pay him dearly for time spent - maybe about $120,000 a year for every year spent - plus about $3 million for damages - you can't replace the time this poor man has lost - and those that caused this should face imprisonment - what a terrible story and a horrible miscarrage of what some folks call "justice" -
waiter

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Apr 24, 2007
How Yourrrr Doing???
East sider

Avon, IN

#18 Apr 24, 2007
Somehow, you've CONVICTED him in Florida too! It says "after and unrelated ARREST". Arrest does not mean guilty. You have no idea if he committed crimes in Florida. Considering that he was previously arrested and convicted in Indiana for a crime he didn't commit, this man deserves EVERY reasonable doubt of guilt.
Humm wrote:
"After an unrelated arrest in Florida in 1994, police discovered Buntin was a fugitive and sent him back to Indiana"
Hummm...maybe if he had been left in Florida, he could of kept committing his crimes there and the mess in Indiana would of never happened!
tarzan

Burlington, IN

#19 Apr 24, 2007
sue the state! that is some horse pucky!
peace advocate

United States

#20 Apr 24, 2007
He should just be happy to be free...many are still imprisioned that are innocent and will never be free!

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