Anyone been following the story of Cornealious Anderson, Missouri man who robbed a Burger King back in 1999, was sentenced to 13 years and then simply forgotten about until 2013? Usually, we hear about the reverse i.e. innocent men being let out of jail after 25-30 years. In this case, a clerical error meant he never got the summons to go to jail. So, naturally, not knowing where to go, he didn't go. Why would he? Would you?
Anyway, this guy went ahead and became a master carpenter, started a family, at least two businesses and in every way became a model citizen. He paid taxes, had a drivers license with his own name and address on it. Hell, he had parking tickets which he paid. No one ever raised any questions.
Fast-forward to July 2013. He's serving his daughter breakfast and a frickin SWAT team breaks down his door and grabs him. He has now been in jail for ... let's see, carry the three ... nine months. Why? Because, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections, he has to serve his time no matter what. Let's ignore the fact that it was their mistake that kept him out of jail for the past 13 years. Let's ignore the fact that he is infinitely more rehabilitated than any 13-year convict could ever be. Let's ignore the fact that the so-called armed robbery was with a BB gun and no one was killed, injured or even shot at. The victim, the Burger King assistant manager they actually took the money from when he went to deposit the day's earnings at the bank, has come out and explicitly said "... the law dropped the ball. The law ought to drop it completely. They need to leave the man alone.."
None of this made any difference to the powers that be in the Missouri Corrections System.
Cornealious Anderson is of course black.
Why am I posting this? Because I get bullshit chain letters about Jesus all the time and I figured this was a topic of actual importance, about a man who really shouldn't be in jail (at least, not while Ethan "Affluenza" Couch, Robert "I-fingered-my-3-year-old-daughter-while-j
Please give this some thought and share it if you are moved (be it on LJ, Instagram, MySpace, Facebook, SnapChat, in-person, whatever.) Take a moment to sign the CHANGE.ORG petition his lawyer put up. Don't let this happen.
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