Archbishop Simpson writes from both personal knowledge of the affair as well as witness testimony of the events that took 15 years of an innocent man’s life, when he was sentenced to 15 to 45 years for a crime he did not commit, in Allegan County, Michigan. “I am still horrified at witnessing blind prejudice and hatred in a system that is supposed to be blind to such things as to whether or not a man is gay or straight. I wouldn’t doubt that this type of malfeasance hasn’t occurred all over America and includes other prejudices as well. In the first few months of the unfolding of this ordeal, the victim, Michael Denis Batey, was poorly represented at every turn on his way to a long prison ordeal. If you as an American can say this man had a fair trial, then I don’t want to live in the country that you envision.” Mr. Batey has been released on Parole as a convicted sex offender even though he is innocent. The book details every step of the way, how Batey was treated once the system got it’s hand on him. For Batey, the United States Constitution was torn up and thrown out the window of the courthouse, ending with both accusers admitting that they made the thing up. “There is no excuse for the horrid treatment and unfair trial that Batey received. His life behind bars leaves one even more sickened by what the system can do to you.” Every American who becomes aware of this book, should read it, learn from it, and if ever accused of a crime, fight it with all your might.
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