Letter: What is the hold-up in cases that are cleared?

January 24, 2013

With cases that have reached a verdict, why do we often reopen them and demand another trial? The retrial of Antajuan Wilson for the murder of Bryan Adams in the Wilde Lake shopping center comes as a surprise to me. In the original case, Wilson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 70 years suspended. This punishment is representative for a crime like this, but the highest Maryland appellate court has since called the original trial back. This request will use more of our taxpayer money and cause further emotional taxes not only on the victim's family, but also on Wilson himself.  

The state is citing that the original trial "was not properly constructed." With the publicity that this case has received in our community over the years, how could anything go wrong in the trial? We are already seeing a backlog of cases in United States courts, so why do we devote so much time on cases just to demand a new one? In a case that has been ongoing since 2008 there is a time to ask ourselves when we will see an error-free and quick verdict from our judicial system.

Tyler Wikse

Ellicott City

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