There is no other way to say this, but it is a travesty to keep an innocent man imprisoned. The powers that be knew he didn’t do it, but they kept him locked up anyway. According to media reports from Chicago Sun Times, 26 years ago in a Cook County jail cell, accused cop killer Andrew Wilson grinned and hugged himself. Why? His lawyers had just told him about a man charged in the murder of a security guard during a robbery at a South Side McDonald’s in January 1982. What kept it under wraps? The attorney-client privilege was what kept William Jameson Kunz from revealing that his client had confessed to the murder. They left Alton Logan to serve 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Now, Kunz and Dale Coventry have suddenly realized they had a conscience and have come forward with their secret, hoping to use it to finally free 54-year-old Alton Logan. Wilson died last year while serving a life term for the slayings of Chicago Police Officers William Fahey and Richard O’Brien. Wilson told his attorneys they could reveal the truth about Logan after his death. How selfish on the parts of all involved.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, back in 1982, even before Wilson’s confession to the Wickliffe murder, Kunz and Coventry said they suspected Wilson was responsible; that’s because Edgar Hope, who was also charged and later convicted as an accomplice in the guard killing, allegedly cast suspicion on Wilson. On Monday, Hope’s attorney in that case, Marc Miller, testified before Schreier that Hope has insisted all along that Logan was innocent.
Kunz said he regrets that Logan has spent 26 years in prison, but he doesn’t regret what he didn’t do back in 1982. “If I had come forward while Wilson was still alive, I would have been inviting the indictment of Andrew Wilson on a capital case — that would have made me feel guilty,” Kunz said. “That, I can’t stand to do; it violates the marrow of my being.” But it was okay to look the other way, while an innocent man saw his life slip away from him for a crime he did not commit.
The issue of attorney-client privilege must be revisited. It is simply not fair to knowingly allow someone to sit in prison for a crime they did not commit. This man could have been a productive part of society. Twenty-six years is a long time to be out of the loop. So many times we hear cases of innocent black men being imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. No amount of money from the government can give them back those years that were lost. The corrections system is fraught with evidence of racial bias, but to now add attorney-client privilege as a hiding place for criminals to get away with crimes is unconscionable. Just my thoughts, you be the judge….