Locked away for killing her 3-year-old son, a crime she says she didn’t commit, Kristine Bunch spent 16 years in prison fighting to prove her innocence. In 2012, the gavel finally fell in her favor. But true justice has yet to arrive.
My old neighborhood used to be a nice little place to live. But since I moved back, rampant crime has made it a desperate, dangerous wasteland. It just took a botched burglary at a friend’s house for me to wake up and see it.
Mark Nicholson has racked up 17 courtroom wins as a public defender for the city’s poorest citizens, becoming a thorn in the side of the Marion County prosecutor’s office. He has lost only six cases—seven if you count his own manslaughter sentence.
The torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens instantly became the state’s most heinous crime. And while almost all of the participants are dead, the memory of what occurred—and how little they paid for it—certainly isn’t.
*No, really. It can’t. Because if the nonprofit goes away, Marion County also loses its best hope for keeping ex-cons in work and off the street. But with grant money evaporating and commodities prices falling, the recycling company could be headed for the scrap heap.