DA Won't Retry Victim of Houston PD Crime Lab Incompetence and Corruption
All is not roses for Mr. Rodriguez, however. Under Texas's compensation law for the wrongfully convicted, the district attorney must provide a letter attesting to the individual's "actual innocence" for him to even qualify. While Rosenthal hasn't said whether he would provide such a letter for Rosenthal, he has already refused to provide one for Josiah Sutton, another young man who was exonerated by retesting of DNA evidence originally supplied by the HPD crime lab, because the victim is "steadfast" in her identification, and he doesn't want to hell her she is a "liar." That is total bunk. The fact that the victim is steadfast in her identification is irrelevant. Scientific evidence exonerates him. And the idea that he would have to tell her she is a liar is equally preposterous. No one is saying the woman lied. She was mistaken--something that can easily be understood for someone who was traumatized in the way she was. But, no matter how horrible the ordeal was for her, Josiah Sutton should not have to continue to suffer because of her mistake. Rosenthal's refusal to provide the letter is inexcusable and the behavior befitting a stubborn child rather than an elected public servant.