Friday, January 27, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Hiding the Cold Medicine Doesn't Stop the Meth Problem
The "System Worked" . . . After 18 Years
It only took 18 years, but the system finally worked for Arthur Mumphrey. After serving 18 years of a 35-year sentence, Mumphrey was finally cleared by DNA testing in the brutal rape of a young girl. The primary evidence against him at trial? A co-defendant who was given a deal to testify against him. Meanwhile, because the statute of limitations has run on the case, even though they now have a DNA profile of the actual perpetrator, nothing can be done to hold him accountable for the crime. I do give credit to the prosecutors for not resisting the DNA testing, and for supporting his pardon in light of the results. Too often, prosecutors fight DNA testing in the first place, and even oppose vacating convictions when the tests exonerate the defendant. They talk about "finality" and how "a jury has spoken," instead of truly seeking justice. But many times, such as in this case, prosecutors do step up and do the right thing.
Murder Trial Update
Monday, January 23, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
New Public Defender Blog
The Civil Commitment Fallacy
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Why Doesn't Governor GoodHair Give a Damn About Wrongful Convictions?
Justice Coming Along Slowly for Walter Mann
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Where did comments go?
I was using Haloscan for comments because it allowed trackback, but now, Haloscan appears to have disappeared. There is no way to comment here, and their webpage is inaccessible. Do any of my fellow bloggers know what is going on? And, if Haloscan is truly gone for good, does anyone know how I can switch my comments back to blogspot? I am not HTML literate, and am worried that just deleting all the lines of script that say "Haloscan" in my template would not cure my problem. If you can help, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Monday, January 09, 2006
The Continuing Saga of Walter Mann
Friday, January 06, 2006
Like Blonde Justice, I'm not sure which way I want the tests to come out in Coleman's case. On one hand, I would feel better if it turns out that an innocent man was not executed. On the other hand, as someone who now opposes the death penalty on both moral and systemic grounds, it could be the most significant development in years in the long fight for abolition.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Hook 'Em Horns!
Congratulations to my Texas Longhorns on beating USC (the best college football team ever!) in the Rose Bowl 41-38 to win the national championship of college football.