Thursday, August 27, 2009

Comfort the Disturbed, and Disturb the Comforted

Well, I guess all of you Lykos haters are going to have one more thing to hate her for.

I don't know anything about what happened other than what I read in Kennedy's blog, but I'm glad to see the establishment is on notice that things are not business as usual.

Look out ADA's, you might just be next if you keep failing to disclose evidence...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another Exoneration

Well it's not a case from Texas, but this is a good example of how widespread the problem of junk science in criminal courts is.

Although arguably, fibers "resembling" other fibers and an ass print on the side of a truck aren't exactly science. If judges were honest, cases this vague would be dismissed outright. Too bad most judges are former prosecutors who have been indoctrinated on the way to close cases with or without good evidence, and the rules of evidence seem to be suspended in favor of the prosecution in their courtrooms.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Social Contract Refresher

`We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'

Guess which part of this is relevant to some of the most pressing issues out there today. It's about time Republicans stop ignoring people once they're past the abortion risk, and start caring about them as citizens.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Looks Like The Harris County DA Forgot to Destroy All the DNA...

I know I said I was done, but I guess someone in Houston needs to point out that people continue to be exonerated in Harris County. Grits, referencing the New York Times, points out another HPD crime lab fiasco.

This story may have appeared in the Chronicle or elsewhere locally, but I haven't noticed it. I haven't looked too hard though.

Many believe that a regional crime lab may eliminate this problem. I don't think it'll go away until we start prosecuting DA's who prosecute despite such exculpatory evidence.

They didn't know it was exculpatory, you say (I'm looking at you Seaton)? Well, how can a prosecutor push a case where he hasn't examined the evidence? He doesn't know forensics, you say? Then he shouldn't be a DA.

This evidence was obviously exculpatory. Hell, the serology didn't even match, and that's far less specific than DNA. If the blood type doesn't even match, or secreter v. non-secreter is off, then how in the world can they prosecute that case?

Because they want to close a file, and have no interest in justice.

I look forward to any response from the ADA's out there that doesn't include derogatory name calling. Honestly, please explain why this prosecutor and lab tech shouldn't be prosecuted for sending an innocent man to prison for 23 years. Anyone who can justify this is about as un-American as a person can possibly be.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Montaue County Sheriff Update

Aw, mannnn. The former Sheriff of Montague County who ran a whorehouse for a jail just pulled a Ken Lay.

What a cop out.

Charles Hood Update

Looks like Charles Hood might get a new trial.

It's interesting that the state's argument isn't that the affair between a judge and a prosecutor is improper, it's that the affair was common knowledge and therefore the defendant just waited too long to bring it up on appeal.

What a load. All this talk about safety, and justice, and fighting for what's right, and the lawyers for the state can only slavishly parrot procedural rules and not concede to what would truly be justice in this case. Kind of reminiscent of the State of Texas arguing to the Supreme Court of the United States that it's OK to execute someone later proven to be actually innocent because he's already had his trial.

Prosecutors have a long way to go before they have any real idea of what justice actually is.