DNA test casts doubt on executed Texa...

DNA test casts doubt on executed Texas man's guilt

There are 36 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 11, 2010, titled DNA test casts doubt on executed Texas man's guilt. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder - an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand.

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Since: May 09

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#22 Nov 12, 2010
Earl of Grey wrote:
Ahhhhh yes. The Topix Idiots are in their prime today. As of today, there have been 261 people exonerated as the result of DNA testing. This may seem like a small amount when you look at the total amount of people convicted. However, when you understand that the Innocence Project only takes on serious (capital) cases where their is DNA evidence to test you come to understand just how serious the issue is. There are countless cases where people have been convicted on the word(s) or another without any evidence to test. People lie...all the time. People make mistakes...all the time. As for hair evidence, it is simply JUNK science. The only reliable hair evidence is the DNA testing of it. Trying to match it is pure bunk. This has been proven time and again. The people of Ada, Oklahoma should know very well what I am talking about...
Get the story straight. The number of capital cases in thattt total is about 10%. Although the I.P. would lead you to believe that all of them are.
kwoods

Bemidji, MN

#23 Nov 12, 2010
This is why we should not have the death penalty in MN or anywhere on circumstantial evidence.
Duh

Chesterfield, MO

#25 Nov 12, 2010
When I first started reading the story I was like "oh my gosh"; but then- he set his cell mate on fire and killed him- so regardless if he killed the liqour store owner or not, he stilled killed someone.

BUH-BYE!
OMG

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Nov 12, 2010
Who the heck is going to make up for that? Somebody should have to pay for that mistake. there is NO way this should ever ever happen again. That family is owed something BIG TIME - as if any material thing in the world can make up for the loss of their loved one. The shame that him and the family must have gone through. And he wasn't even guilty. That is soooo digusting. How could the death penalty have been applied here?
Justice system

Duluth, MN

#27 Nov 12, 2010
The executed man: "While serving a 21-year prison sentence in Kansas, he poured a flammable liquid on his cellmate and set him on fire, killing him."
The getaway driver: "previously convicted of shooting a girl between the eyes and burying her in a cemetery."
Too bad the death sentence wasn't instituted earlier...
Ooops

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Nov 12, 2010
Scratch the previous post - I should have read the entire article, it was too long. There still needs to be some modifications to the death penalty. It wasn't right.
Dirty cops

El Paso, TX

#32 Nov 12, 2010
I don't trust law enforcement for many reasons, and this is one of those reasons. They've been executing innocent people for decades.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#33 Nov 12, 2010
OMG wrote:
Who the heck is going to make up for that? Somebody should have to pay for that mistake. there is NO way this should ever ever happen again. That family is owed something BIG TIME - as if any material thing in the world can make up for the loss of their loved one. The shame that him and the family must have gone through. And he wasn't even guilty. That is soooo digusting. How could the death penalty have been applied here?
How do you know he wasn't guilty? I'm sure there was more evidence provided at the trial.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#34 Nov 12, 2010
I would be more ready to drop the death penalty, if life in prison meant life, if they actually had to work to make this world better while in prison, and they were denied the luxury of internet, tv, etc.
Rob

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Nov 12, 2010
Will the men responsible for not informing Bushy about this man's intended DNA appeal be indicted for murder? Will the executioners and all those involved in murdering this man be indicted for involuntary manslaughter?

"Kill 'em now; let God sort 'em out later" is apparently the Texan motto.

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#38 Nov 12, 2010
Dirty cops wrote:
I don't trust law enforcement for many reasons, and this is one of those reasons. They've been executing innocent people for decades.
Please tell us all of the documented and proven "innocent" people who have executed since 1976.

No opinions, just the facts!

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#39 Nov 12, 2010
Rob wrote:
Will the men responsible for not informing Bushy about this man's intended DNA appeal be indicted for murder? Will the executioners and all those involved in murdering this man be indicted for involuntary manslaughter?
"Kill 'em now; let God sort 'em out later" is apparently the Texan motto.
If you think this is true, another very valid question would be, "will Jones' lawyers be indicted also", since they waited until the last few weeks to bring up the issue? They had the "evidence" since before the trial and DNA testing was being done for this type of situation since 1985 about 5 years BEFORE HE WAS EXECUTED.
Rob

Saint Paul, MN

#40 Nov 12, 2010
Bill----- wrote:
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If you think this is true, another very valid question would be, "will Jones' lawyers be indicted also", since they waited until the last few weeks to bring up the issue? They had the "evidence" since before the trial and DNA testing was being done for this type of situation since 1985 about 5 years BEFORE HE WAS EXECUTED.
Sounds from the article like it WAS brought up and W.'s flunkies didn't allow it to reach his desk.
JaMarcus

Paris, France

#42 Nov 12, 2010
So now they are blaming this on Bush too? Sounds about right.

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#43 Nov 12, 2010
Rob wrote:
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Sounds from the article like it WAS brought up and W.'s flunkies didn't allow it to reach his desk.
Yes, it was brought up, but it was brought up at the "last minute." THE problem was that JONES' lawyers deliberately waited until the last minute. If they had brought it up when they should have done so in the first place, we would not be having this discussion.

The "name of the game" is to wait until the last minute in the hope that there will be another delay. If they REALLY thought it would have helped at the time, they would have filed the appeal LONG before when they did.
Nancy Pelosi

Saint Paul, MN

#44 Nov 12, 2010
Well, then use DNA ro resolve the problem. Clone the poor guy who was executed in error!

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