Daughter says DNA evidence can preven...

Daughter says DNA evidence can prevent dad's execution

There are 12 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Oct 9, 2007, titled Daughter says DNA evidence can prevent dad's execution. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

The man is on death row in Alabama with a temporary stay. There is DNA evidence that the woman says will clear her father, but the state will not test it.

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Deborah

Longboat Key, FL

#1 Oct 9, 2007
If you ever have a loved one who gets caught up in the judicial system, you will quickly learn that justice in this country is nothing by government propaganda!

The police don't care about getting the right man. All they care about is getting a conviction!

There is DNA evidence in this case and SHOULD be looked at. It seems the only place DNA makes a difference is on TV.

I wish this man the best of luck, but I don't think anything will make a difference, if the governor doesn't care about correcting a terrible mistake.
Fed up

Port Orange, FL

#2 Oct 9, 2007
Oh there is a reason alright! It is the law suite that will kill them if he gets cleared!Make a lot of damn notice, someone will hear you hat has the power to make it happen.

Where is Jessie and Al when it counts?Oh ya, he's white.
Kee

Clermont, FL

#3 Oct 9, 2007
I THOUGHT we gave them an automatic appeal was to make sure we didn't KILL an INNOCENT MAN!
AL can't buy a sex toy but can use it in the state. Back asseywards! TEST the DNA
vicious in valrico

Austin, TX

#4 Oct 9, 2007
Perhaps we should deny the Governor access to a fair trial...let him put HIS neck on the line. I cannot in all concious concur with ANY verdict when there is unpresented evidence.

" THE TRUTH; THE WHOLE TRUTH..."

When did we stop being America I wonder?
Richard Hamlet

Gainesville, FL

#6 Oct 9, 2007
This mans Daughter should get a sample and test it her self then sue the state if he is executed for something he did not do I would sue them for a very lage amount. And the govener to
richard

AOL

#7 Oct 9, 2007
We can't have the full story. Some thing is missing. Maybe the reported went for coffee and did not return.
Malobou

Spring Hill, FL

#10 Oct 9, 2007
Rickster in Gulfport wrote:
Everyone, if you want to help do something about it, then tell this governor what you think.
http://www.governor.state.al.us/contact/conta...
I wrote him a letter reminding him that the office of Governor is to be the voice of the people and to mitigate in situations that required it.
This is clearly one of them.
Remind him that Justice is the search for the truth not the decision of 12 people with no physical evidence.
We can make this happen if enough people squalk!!
I encourage anyone who cares about Justice to take a minute and let the Gov of Alabama this isn't the 60's anymore, their state required the US military to be called to allow segregation to happen, against the will of their governor back then.
Remind him how he'll be remembered if he lets an innocent man die when he could have allowed a simple test to determine for sure, cause right now, the only one who knows for sure is the victim and the person who did it.
When the daughter said if the DNA proved her father did it, "proceed with the execution", it sent chills down my back.
This is not someone trying a Hail Mary, this is someone who wants the truth and that should be the same as Justice.
I agree with Rickster! Can you imagine what the daughter and her father are going through? What has Governor Riley have to lose by letting them pay for the DNA testing?

This is not justice! This is murder, premeditated in the first degree!!!!

Since: Jul 07

Bradenton, FL

#14 Oct 10, 2007
I want to thank each and evryone of you for your comments. There are no words to describe what me an my father are going through in Alabama with this issue. there are kinks to the governor and the supreme court at my fathers web site www.ThomasArthurFightForLife.com And in response to Richard, we do have the full story. This is really happenning in Alabama and other States as well. go to the website for all the background infor and links to legal documents. Thanks to Mike at Cahnnel 10 for taking an interest and bringing this to the publics attention, now I need national Attention!!!

Sherrie Arthur Atone
JIM

Tampa, FL

#15 Oct 10, 2007
REVERSE THE SITUATION GOV. IF IT WAS YOU OR AN FAMILY MENBER. I DON'T SEE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. OKEY YOU PUT HIM TO DEATH. DOWN THE ROAD YEARS LATER YOU DO THE DNA TEST AND IT COMES BACK THAT THIS PERSON DIDN'T KILL HER. NOW YOU HAVE PUT AN INNOCENT PERSON TO DEATH. ME I WOULDN'T WANT THAT ON MY MIND FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. DO THE TEST, THAT WAY YOU WILL KNOW IF HE IS GUILTY OR NOT. I THINK THAT THE GOV IS BEGIN BULL HEADED ABOUT THIS TEST FOR SOME REASON
Tampa Native

Falls Church, VA

#16 Oct 10, 2007
Good luck Sherrie, I guess the AL backwood judges just haven't jumped on the DNA testing band wagon. It makes you wonder how many people die for something they didn't do. You should start a fund raiser and pay for it yourself since the ignorant judge won't. Wish you and yr dad best of luck
Dr Thinus Coetzee

South Africa

#17 Oct 10, 2007
I am from South Africa and have been following Arthur's case now for a while. I fail to understand how the AL Governor can play with someone's life like that.
Why can't he take his lead from what it happening in Texas, where District Attorney Craig Watkins has agreed to allow the Innocence Project of Texas to review whether DNA tests should be done in any of the cases of 354 people convicted of rapes, murders and other felonies as far back as 1970, just because DNA testing proved two men innocent of the rapes they were accused of? Craig Watkins' reason to allow DNA testing: "It's just simply the right thing to do", he said.
I mean, if your Governor allows the tests and Arthur is innocent, he gets a chance to rebut evidence BIG TIME but if testing puts him at the scene of the crime, he goes. A fair deal? I think so.
In closing, it took Judy Wicker 10 years to come forward and "testify" but the courts moan about his post-conviction appeals being late by TWO years. Come on...who is kidding who here?
Sherrie, your Daddy's arguments in court have a lot of merit. Don't give up, Girl!!!
Brooke

United States

#18 Apr 26, 2011
If the daughter hadn't tried to bribe the stepmother (sworn affidavit admitting her guilt) to lie and now say that Arthur didn't do it saying that if they sued the State, they would receive millions - of which she would give her 20% of), she might bear more credibility. Dispicable.
Richard Hamlet wrote:
This mans Daughter should get a sample and test it her self then sue the state if he is executed for something he did not do I would sue them for a very lage amount. And the govener to

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