Today, the Supreme Court announced that Hubert Webb is an innocent man. The Highest Court of the land said the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Webb killed the Vizconde women. Mr. Webb has been incarcerated for 15 years.
Lauro Vizconde naturally broke down. His family were brutally slain. To discover Hubert Webb free, what human being wouldn’t be broken?
Lauro Vizconde will never truly have peace. His family dead and the only known killer he blames is free.
Over the years, we have come to know that evidence was mishandled and the crime scene ruined. Witnesses have come and gone. Conspiracy theories too. Whether it was orchestrated or not, it was that action that denied justice to Mr. Webb and to the Vizconde family.
The world will never truly know who killed those women. That is deplorable.
Hubert Webb regardless of what the Supreme Court says, will never be truly free. From the perspective of an innocent man, Mr. Webb lost his life. If Mr. Webb was truly innocent, then he is as much a victim as the women who died. Fifteen years is a long time, and whether or not the Supreme Court says he’s a free man, the stigma, the habits he learned while locked away, now marks him. The world he left in 1995 is a different world in 2010.
There is no justice in that.
If he was guilty, is 15 years and a life now virtually gone— enough punishment for the brutal murders?
There was no justice here. There are no winners. Justice denied the Vizconde family. Mr. Webb denied his life. And it is deplorable that we cannot provide real Justice to both the Vizcondes and the Webbs. They are just two families in ruin, forever shattered, and a nation reminded once more how fragile Justice is in these islands.
On twitter, @ageofbrillig wrote,
“@nerveending: When one seeks justice with a total disregard for the truth, then he seeks to create injustice.”
That’s where we begin to build justice. We need a mechanism to find the truth. Police need to be better trained and equip to handle crime scenes. Because after all is said and done, the evidence— that fundamental search for the truth in the beginning is always the most important, is it not?