Thursday, November 11, 2010

More Evidence To Stop The Barbarity

DNA Shows Texan May Have Been Wrongly Executed caution, Faux link

"DALLAS -- A DNA test on a strand of hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was executed 10 years ago during George W. Bush's final months as governor for a liquor-store robbery and murder.

The single hair had been the only piece of physical evidence linking Claude Jones to the crime scene. But the DNA analysis found it did not belong to Jones and instead may have come from the murder victim.

Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that uses DNA to exonerate inmates and worked on Jones' case, acknowledged that the hair doesn't prove an innocent man was put to death. But he said the findings mean the evidence was insufficient under Texas law to convict Jones.

The other primary evidence against Jones came from one of two alleged accomplices: Timothy Jordan, who did not enter the liquor store but was believed to have planned the robbery and provided the gun. Jordan testified that Jones told him he was the triggerman. However, under Texas law, accomplice testimony isn't enough to convict someone and must be supported by other evidence. That other evidence was the hair.

"There was not enough evidence to convict, and he shouldn't have been executed," Scheck said."

Bush the Texacutioner killed 155 people while governor, more than any official in american history barring wartime. That's what happens when you allow the government to legally murder citizens - you'll always get psychopaths that revel in their power to do just that, for an ever expanding number of offenses and even when evidence proves otherwise. Forget about costs, the morality of executions or any other factor.
It needs repeating - sane people do not allow their governments to execute the citizenry, period.


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