Bryan Stevenson pictured, r. Hinton's lead attorney, said, Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance, and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice. I cant think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.
Supporters and other people gathered outside the court erupted in applause. Woodard, cleared of the murder of his girlfriend, became the 18th person in Dallas County to have his conviction cast aside. That's a figure unmatched by any county nationally, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center that specializes in overturning wrongful convictions.
I would be wasting away in prison. That does not include Woodard and at least three others whose exonerations will not become official until Gov. Rick Perry grants pardons or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals formally accepts the ruling of lower courts that have already recommended exoneration.
Woodard was sentenced to life in prison in July for the murder of a year-old Dallas woman found sexually assaulted and strangled near the banks of the Trinity River. He was convicted primarily on the basis of testimony from two eyewitnesses, said Natalie Roetzel, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas.
One has since recanted in an affidavit. As for the other, "we don't believe her testimony was accurate," Roetzel said. Like nearly all the exonorees, Woodard has maintained his innocence throughout his time in prison.
But after filing six writs with an appeals court, plus two requests for DNA testing, his pleas of innocence became so repetitive and routine that "the courthouse doors were eventually closed to him and he was labeled a writ abuser," Roetzel said.Latest breaking news, including politics, crime and celebrity.
Find stories, updates and expert opinion. In The "Death Penalty is a Step Back" by Coretta Scott King, she makes some very good and strong points opposing the death penalty.
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The Death Penalty is a Step Back Coretta Scott King Although I have suffered the loss of two family members by assassination, I remain firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses.
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Apr 27, · Best Answer: imagine if they tested the DNA of all the people they executed and found out how may were Innocent. and if its just one then that would mean those that executed them are murders.
as well as those that believe in the death penalty, DALLAS - A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for Status: Resolved.