Thursday, March 12, 2009

Her foes have become her masters...

...her enemies are at ease.
The LORD has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe.

Oh, the lamentations that must be occurring at the Harris County DA's office right now. The wringing of hands, the gnashing of teeth. The pointing of fingers.

Lykos is on the way to enacting what I see to be one of the single largest steps toward justice that Harris County has seen in a long time: actually testing and relying on forensic evidence.

Why wasn't this a policy already? Why would Rosenthal rather destroy a bank full of DNA evidence in a race against the clock to prevent exonerations? Why would current (and past) ADA's rather have Rosenthal-Siegler, who might never have progressed toward actually trying to ensure the integrity of their convictions, as opposed to Lykos, who, love her or hate her, is at least letting the sun shine on practices at the HCDAO?

Accountability. That's why. Rosenthal wanted to make sure his convictions would never be questioned, going so far as to delay the investigation into cases where a question arose as to the defendant's actual innocence, and interfered with attempts to investigate the Houston Crime Lab while knowingly relying on convictions from the lab that was producing false evidentiary reports. Rosenthal and his followers have for years hid behind the coward's defense of "He's guilty, a jury said so." Sure they did. Because in many cases evidence was withheld, sometimes intentionally and in others unintentionally, or the crime lab faked it, or any number of other reasons.

Lykos promised to clean house, and while I have no idea if the prosecutors who have left to date are actually guilty of some of the above-listed (crimes, in some cases) failures, the fact is that the office in general needed to adopt more safeguards. But that would mean scrutiny, and more work, to which they are loathe to subject themselves.

Now, the question of a prosecutor, cop, or crime lab intentionally destroying, hiding, or falsifying evidence can never be 100% prevented if they want to do it. But this is an important (first) step in making sure that convictions in Harris County are based on actual evidence, not the whim or faulty work of a cop, investigator, or prosecutor.

As for the passage at the top of this story, it will be interpreted differently by those on different sides of this issue (although we should all be on the same side of this one). As for me, let's just say that daylight is the enemy of darkness, and leave it at that.

10 comments:

Arthur Seaton said...

"Lykos is on the way to enacting what I see to be one of the single largest steps toward justice that Harris County has seen in a long time: actually testing and relying on forensic evidence. "

That's because you don't know anything about what has always been done at the DA's office. If there is DNA evidence, it is tested--simple as that. That has been the practice as long as any with any sense can recall. People making mistakes and/or willful breaking of policy doesn't mean policy never existed.

Rage Judicata said...

If there is DNA evidence, it is tested--simple as that.

Ricardo Rachell

Arthur Seaton said...

Onec again, your asshole-ness trumps your reading comprehension. Kudos.

Rage Judicata said...

You said "DNA is always tested if it exists."

I gave you but the latest example of why that's an outright friggin lie.

And you think my reading comprehension is bad? If you actually believe the things you say you are the world's biggest idiot. If you don't, you're a total liar.

Either way, I'm not getting my tax dollars out of your meager salary. You're an empty suit.

Arthur Seaton said...

"People making mistakes and/or willful breaking of policy doesn't mean policy never existed."

Dickhole.

Rage Judicata said...

So your own two statements, within the same posts, are irreconcileable. Congratulations on demonstrating your ignorance better than I ever could.

You can't post in the alternative.

Honestly. Those are postings of a member of America's Finest Prosecutor's Office?

Arthur Seaton said...

"You can't post in the alternative."

But you do. You pretend to be smart, but your posts indicate something altogether different, no?

Rage Judicata said...

Is that all you've got? Your ignorance is exposed yet again, and all you can do is say I'm the dumb one?

If someone as dumb as me is pointing out your constant mistakes, that doesn't bode well for your intelligence.

Arthur Seaton said...

You really are a piece of...work. I'll grant you that.

Rage Judicata said...

Weak.