Is the old John Cranley -- the one with so much potential that most reasonable people used to like -- having a rebirth of conscious?! I hope so. Before she died, one of my mother's favorite sayings was, "always give credit when it's due."
Today, Cincinnati Councilman Cranley deserves credit, and a show of our appreciation, for his work with the Ohio Innocence Project, based at the University of Cincinnati, which helped free an innocent man -- Clarence Elkins -- from prison and will, most likely, help convict "the real killer" -- Earl Mann. (Here's some background information on Elkins.)
While Cranley is using his law license and God-given ability to do good, Council Member Chris Monzel is busy playing parisan politics by suggesting Cranley step down as Chairman of Council's finance committee.
What kind of justice system do we have when two innocent men are being freed this week after judges convicted them of crimes?! (See, this.)(Here in Hamilton County, Judge Mark Schweikert should resign!)
If there is any good news in the decision to free Elkins, it comes from the Akron Beacon Journal.
He is expected to return to his Stark County home tonight. Officials say he will undoubtedly collect at least $700,000 in compensation for the years he spent in prison for crimes he did not commit. (source)
That's not enough if you ask me! On second thought, I guess it's a good thing that this guy didn't get the death penalty!!!
[Sidenote: The Free Clarence Elkins website is an example of using a website in a productive and effective way.]