It's looks like 2015 was a bumper year for homicide exonerations; the Innocence Project has a neat little infographic with some interesting facts about where, why, and how these wrongful convictions occur. (Protip: 76% were the result of official misconduct)
Although I expected the majority to be DNA exonerations, but 53% were the result of a witness recantation, and 21% were the work of conviction integrity units. That's good news for us, because there was no physical evidence in Coy's case. Houston does have a CIU that we were in contact with several years ago, but they refused to look into the case without new evidence being introduced.
There were a grand total of 149 exonerations of all types last year; to the surprise of no one, Texas led the pack with a whopping 54. Most of those came out of (another shocker) Harris County. While it is awesome that these 54 individuals have been redeemed, I hope it is also evident that the system responsible for these travesties is still going strong. Let people know; don't be afraid to spread the word around, to talk about Coy's case and others like it. Accusations of child molestation are, in my opinion, the hardest to fight because people only see the 'ickiness' of the conviction. They hesitate to support a deeper look into the convictions because they don't want to be associated with a crime so repulsive.
This allows those hellbent on their own version of justice to roll over civil rights, due process, and basic human decency. Let's stop making iteasy to convict the innocent.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Many of you have been contacting me, asking if I've spoken with Coy, and how he's doing. I'm sorry to say that I haven't heard from him, but last time we spoke he was doing well. It looks like TDCJ still has him listed at the Ramsey unit.
Trae the Truth did an interview with Vladtv.com, in which he mentions SPM briefly around the 9:20 mark. You can see that here: http://www.vladtv.com/article/216145/trae-tha-truth-details-facing-40-years-as-a-teen-brothers-life-sentence Thanks to commenter Mike from ATX.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is fucking around with the junk science writ intended to allow convicts to appeal convictions based on science we now know to be flawed, as per Grits for Breakfast. Given that this was an avenue I believed might have offered a chance for Coy's retrial, it's disappointing. It's one step forward and two steps back in Texas, but I want to remind you that the situation never hopeless.
I never thought to see so much interest in wrongful convictions, but the last couple of years have provided numerous cases with unbelievable publicity. Don't give up hope; keep talking about it, thinking about, writing about it. We'll get where we need to be eventually.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There's an excellent podcast/interview up at Grits with Sandra Guerra Thompson, one of the board members guiding Houston's move to an independent crime lab. They talk a bit about her new book, as well as some of the problems locally and nationally with relying on police-run crime labs. You may remember multiple scandals from the Houston Crime Lab in the days of Chuck Rosenthal and before, as we've talked about a few of them here.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the Netflix documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’ has become fairly popular over the last couple of weeks. It follows the most recent legal troubles of Stephen Avery, an exoneree out of Wisconsin. After serving 18 years for a rape he did not commit, Avery was released and then convicted of the rape and murder of another young woman.
The series focuses on the antics of the justice system and how Avery was convicted; it’s a welcoming intro to the justice system for a lot of people who otherwise may not have gotten involved. I have yet to see the series myself, but it’s been recommended very highly. If you have Netflix, check it out. If not, the news media is covering it at an unprecedented rate, so just googling it will bring up a ton of information.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
You were recently mentioned in an interview with Trae the Truth; in it, he says that you and Rasheed mentored him early on. Any thoughts on that?
Well, hearing you read a little bit of the article to me I’m very surprised, in a really good way, that me and Rasheed were able to mentor him. I didn’t know that Trae hung out with us when he was young. I don’t remember him as a kid, I only know him from listening to his music and being a huge fan of his, and having so much love for him. It’s crazy, because I always felt connected to him. Somewhere in the back of my mind I just felt like this guy was a brother, and now to know that he was hanging around with me and Sheedy back in the days is really gratifying. It feels really good to know that. I wish he would have snapped a few pictures back then, I would have loved to see him as a kid hanging out with us. It just makes me love him even more. I just have to say that I really love him and miss him.
David N Beckie W. asked, “My question to Los is,I had heard that at the beginning of your trial they offered you a plea deal where you would only get five years but you would have to plead guilty and you turned it down because you said you wouldnt admit to somthing you didnt do,well now that you have done thirteen years if they came and offered you a deal where they said you will be released today and all we need to complete this deal is for you to plead guilty and register as a sex offender upon release would you you take it now that you have missed out on so much? Much love and respect ....DEEDUBB SUR CALIFAS”
Um, to be perfectly honest, I probably would because it’s so hard to get out of prison once you’re found guilty. It’s just so hard to get out of prison, even when it’s perfectly and clearly evident that you’re innocent; even when it’s beyond a shadow of a doubt, and of course that’s not my case. My case is my word against the word of this girl and I lost that trial that should have never been lost. Yeah, I would probably do it just to get the hell out of here.
Jose H. said “When you get out what is the first thing musically you plan to do? Do you have a plan in place for a comeback tour? Do you plan to rebuild the Dope House roster with the original artist or new talents?”
I think that it was a mistake for me to spend so much time with other artists. I think that was a huge mistake, but I just did what everybody else did. Master P signed up all these artists, Lil Wayne signed up all these artists…It’s really something that I could describe as just being lazy, just trying to make money off other people instead of sitting down with pen and paper and writing your own music. Just signing up other people to try and make money off their work.
I’m not going to deny the fact that I am the most crack, the most dope, the most addictive artist on this planet. Some may disagree and that’s all good, but my favorite rapper is the man in the mirror, and I should have just concentrated on SPM and making my own beats instead of getting lazy and starting to buy Happy beats and Hotan beats. That’s what I plan on doing, I plan on getting my keyboard and making beats every day in my underwear…writing songs every day in my underwear…going to the mall in my underwear, even though that’s off the subject. I say that because I do everything in my boxers. I go to the chowhall in my boxers, I play basketball in my boxers, it’s just a bunch of guys so there’s no need to dress up for anything.
But yeah, whether it’s making music, writing screenplays, making beats… I’ve got to focus on getting my God-given gift out to the world.
Anthony B. said, “Would Carlos coy ever hangout with his fans one on one”
Yeah, every day. I wasn’t the kinda guy that wore more jewelry than the next man, or..I bought one Mercedes and it separated me from my friends, so I gave it to Happy Perez. I was complaining about my car separating me from my real friends and he said, “Well damn, nigga, if you don’t want it give it to me.” No sooner had he finished his sentence than I reached into my pocket, and gave him the keys to a $115,000 car. After that I bought a $3,500 Cadillac, tore out the back seat, filled it up with speakers and I was right there, right at the same level with all my people and that’s where I’m happiest at. So I wouldn’t say I hung out so much with fans, but I hung out with the people who wouldn’t give a damn about no damn SPM, they just know me as Los.
Sigi B. said, “Tell him I said fuck the Illuminati”
Sure, but just use a condom. Always practice safe sex.
Luis A. asked, “What will you do on the first day your out? Where will you go and what will you get started on once outside in free world, will you ever come to Seattle, Wa?”
Well, when I get out I’m just going to do what I do, what anybody would do, go home to my family. Buy me a house, build a quick studio, work on music, and most definitely I’ll be in Seattle. I love the thought of visiting Seattle, it’s a legendary city, and a lot of legends have come from there.
Incandesio said, “Heidi Ruiz was an investigator for your case, and a witness against you at trial; she’s been described by her supervisors as ‘a relentless tigress’, and by her peers as steadfastly persistent in her pursuit of suspects. Did you get the impression that she was capable of conducting the kind of delicate forensic interviews needed for this type of case?”
Heidi Ruiz is a cop, and I was not liked by the cops in Houston. Over the years everybody knew that I was anti… anti-crooked cop, I should say, but I didn’t really make that point clear. At all my concerts I always made sure to have the crowd chanting nasty things about the cops. I got so much flack behind it. Officers came up to me at car shows, I remember a Sergeant came up to me after a concert and he was like, “Man, we’re out here protecting you, and you have all these people chanting hatred towards us. We’re over here making sure nothing happens to you.” I just didn’t make myself very clear that my anger stemmed from many, at least a dozen, really bad experiences with H-town authorities. It’s just so much prejudice, so much maltreatment…I was a criminal, but they did go above and beyond the call of duty to be assholes. When I finally got some fame, I was using that fame to taunt these cops who always treated like me like shit, and treated my friends like shit. Maybe it’s because we were Mexicans, or maybe because of the way we dressed, but whatever.
So, she’s a cop. When they told her that her man was SPM, yeah, she’s going to turn into this ‘relentless tigress’ and she’s going to get the answers that she wants. Instead of having Jane Doe’s mother write her own story of what happened, she typed it herself. She threw away Mary Doe’s statement and redid it. She said it was too messy to read, etc.
There was another witness that she did the same thing with, that you’ll see once I finish this documentary. She typed up the report herself, and that witness admitted on the stand that what Heidi Ruiz typed was not what she said. She was so intimidated by Heidi that she signed it anyway. This is all in black and white. You’ll also see how she interviewed witnesses that had already been interviewed by other cops, but when she interviewed them she got different answers from them; answers that benefitted her, answers that she wanted. So she knew, and they knew that she knew, how to get the answers, how to get the statements that they needed to win this case.
It was no accident that they put this manipulator on my case. It was no accident that they put that judge on my case. Every single person that formed this team against me was all put together by someone, or something. I don’t believe in illuminati, but even Chip Lewis said we had the worst judge that we could ever possibly have and that was no accident. Judges are supposed to get cases randomly; they’re not supposed to be hand-picked for them. It was all done very carefully and very meticulously, this team that was built to win this case.
Danny G. asked, “What happened to grimm??”
Grimm got married, and he lives near Dallas. He’s working on a new project with his twin brother, Shadow, and he’s still going strong. I think everybody’s really going to enjoy his new music, especially if Shadow’s going most of the producing. I, for one, love Shadow’s production. His beats demand real content. So, Grimm is doing well. He has a little girl, I think she’s five now, so he’s enjoying being a daddy again and I’m just very happy for him.
Moises J. said, “What up Carlos Coy I took in mind what you told me and we'll I'm your F.A.N.S and sorry about what I asked last time but is the Book going to be called They Trying To Stop Me and if I recall I'm sure I read or heard that you said you did a Rap Show in prison and that the inmates would give you candy or some commissary because of your show since money isn't allowed in prison if I'm not mistaken can you please tell me about that thanks cause I'm pretty sure it was badass and about the book They Can't Stop M”
It’s two mint sticks a song. (laughing) That was a joke, when I said I rap for commissary. Obviously, I can buy all the commissary I want, but guys often ask me to do a song, and they’re surprised that I don’t remember most of the stuff I did when I was free; it’s just been so long since I’ve done that stuff. I still remember a lot of the more recent projects, and I’ll do ‘Jackers In My Home’, or I’ll do ‘My Homegirl’, or something a little more recent.
Like everything else, I change the titles of stuff a trillion times but I think I’m pretty much set on ‘Corl St’, which is the name of the street I grew up on. As most people know the first book is basically part one of my autobiography, which talks about a little history of my family and then my birth into this world. The book ends right before I get into the dope game at about 17 years old. Yes, I know that ‘Wizard of oz’ says I was 16 in a ‘77 Seville, but I was off a little bit on that song.