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DNA Evidence frees man in Texas Jail July 3, 2008

Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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This is good news in a way. Patrick Waller was serving a life sentence for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery and was 15 years into his sentence when freed based on DNA evidence.

This really irked me though:

In 2001, Waller requested post-conviction DNA testing under a new state law. The DA’s office, then under different leadership, opposed the request, and it was denied by a judge. A second attempt in 2005 was also unsuccessful.

Bill Hill, who was the district attorney when Waller requested his DNA tests, did not return a message from The Associated Press.

So in essence Waller would have been out of prison sooner had the DA not been an obtuse son of a bitch. And to make matters worse the guys who actual did the crime got off because the statute of limitations expired. Talk about injustice.

Apparently Waller is the 19th man since 2001 to be freed based upon DNA evidence. And I’ll venture a guess here, I bet every single one of them was of limited means. Not to mention I’ll bet that most are African-American or Latino. They seem to represent the overwhelming population of most prisons. Being as how poverty seems to be pervasive in both communities you begin to understand why crime is somewhat rampant and as a result members of those communities end up serving more time because they can’t afford good legal representation.

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1. nothankyou - July 5, 2008

“19th man since 2001”

He was the 19th just in that county. The Innocence Project frees almost 20 a year, nationwide. http://www.innocenceproject.org/know/

2. christopher - July 6, 2008

It seems to me that “the system” forgets they are obligated to the responsibility of seeking and discovering the truth. Even when it’s not the “truth” they find convenient.

We realy need to overhaul our entire governmental oversight system.

-C

3. Capt. Mary - July 7, 2008

Wow, scarey thought, we could be thrown in jail and forgotten for years without evidence. Sounds like our country has some problems with our justice system. I always thought it was corrupt and biais. They have to convict someone and why not the guys who can’t put up a fight.


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