Editorial: Court rules rightly on Skinner
Hank Skinner won a big court fight this week in Washington, D.C. So did those who believe Skinner should be executed for killing a Pampa woman and her two sons on New Year's Eve, 1993.
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#1 Mar 17, 2011
Even though I'm absolutely sure Skinner is guilty and should have already been put in a position where he could not cost Pampa taxpayers anymore money, I do believe every avenue should be accorded to Skinner or anyone else sentenced to death! I'm not privvy to reasons why this DNA was not looked at before, but I thought that was part of the DAs' responsibilities to see that a conviction was handled so as to preclude as many appeal issues as possible! It appears in this case the DA was not effective at nullifying appeal issues! This case coupled with the farce of trying Levi King knowing the possibility of his avoiding the death penalty does not really foster confidence in the Gray County DAs' office! If we go back a little further, I know for a fact that lots of folks in the county gov't and especially in the "upper crust" country club set knew Rick Roach had a big drug problem, didn't report the fact and in some cases even help hide the fact that he had fell over on his head several times in public from drug usage! The sweeping under the rug of misconduct by officials such as the ones listed above and the theft of taxpayers money several years ago by the County Attorney are the biggest reason most citizens hold the whole system in contempt!
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