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June 2003 , Page 33 

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Change, redemption do exist

By David Bruck

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Change, redemption do exist

Parade magazine recently featured the story of Ray Krone, an Arizona man sent to death row for a rape and murder that DNA evidence eventually proved he did not commit. Cases like Krone’s are making many Americans re-think their support for the death penalty, and may help bring about long-overdue reforms in the criminal justice system.  

On the surface, the case of Gerald Mason is the exact opposite of Ray Krone’s. Mason is the 69-year-old Columbia man who pleaded guilty to having murdered two California police officers nearly 46 years ago as he fled from the scene of a kidnapping and rape. As with Ray Krone, society guessed wrong about Gerald Mason. Krone was really a law-abiding citizen whom everyone wrongly believed to be a rapist and murderer; Gerald Mason has now turned out to be a rapist and murderer whom everyone wrongly believed to be a law-abiding citizen.  

Same warning

But while these men’s stories could hardly be more different

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