Monday, November 26, 2012

How Much Is Freedom Worth?

It was a deadly combination this weekend.  A cold, out of town guests, the holidays, and spotty internet combined for the death of any in-depth post this morning. 

But, this story popped up this weekend.  Caleb Sosa, from Detroit, spent two years in juvenile lock-up when he was 14 for murder.  He was acquitted two years later.  The interesting twist is that Sosa then sued the City of Detroit for violating his civil rights.  Through the City's inaction, by not filing timely paperwork, a judge awarded Sosa $1.1 million.

There will be more on this later this week when the cold goes away and internet returns.

But for now, I wonder if there are people who read this article and think they would serve two years in jail for that much money when they got out.  If not, how much would it take?   


  1. As a former career prosecutor, I enjoyed visiting your fantastic blog! Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you for your comment and the work you did.

  2. I certainly wouldn't. Consider also that he's getting the money spread over 40 years, which comes out to 27,500 a year. I don't know what the legal fees are going to be on that, so it's not like he'll never need to work again. Nice supplement to his income, but not worth what he had to go through.

    I do hope that, while he was locked up, he learned to read and write at least. It's a shame that there are 14-year olds who can't do that.

  3. I'm not sure there is enough money for me to do that. Really.