The idea that a man could be denied a re-trial or at least a reprieve after seven (of nine) witnesses recant their testimony, and in the absence of physical evidence tying him to the crime, shows a system that exalts the wrong values.
Yes, I know, the legal system needs finality--that's why we have statutes of limitations. And the system is just that--a means of making decisions. Perfection in the results is not guaranteed. But a mechanism that does not permit credible claims of actual innocence in a murder case to be litigated before a man is killed cannot be called a justice system. Indeed, it is an injustice system.
We should be better than that.