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Homer and Harold

posted on December 21, 2016

The Marshall Project‘s Ken Armstrong writes about the lifelong relationship between former Attorney General Homer Cummings and Harold Israel, the poor son of a coal miner. Cummings was the prosecutor in a 1924 case in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where a Catholic priest was assassinated; Israel was accused of the crime. Cummings investigated the case on his own and found that Israel was likely innocent, and the case was dismissed. In court, Cummings said, “It goes without saying that it is just as important for a state’s attorney to use the great powers of his office to protect the innocent as it is to convict the guilty.”

Read at The Marshall Project