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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sonia Cacy

I have to say, it’s a little weird that I never have to look very hard for a new story of a wrongful conviction in Texas. Today’s victim of the state is Sonia Cacey, a woman who served 6 years of a 99 year sentence for murder. Although she was paroled in 1998, she’s spent the last 18 years living with a murder conviction.

            The judge who performed the initial review declared her innocent, but the case must go through the Court of Criminal Appeals before she can be considered exonerated.  I believe she appealed under SB344, which allows a writ of Habeas Corpus based on faulty or discredited scientific evidence.

For those of you losing heart, just remember that it’s never too late for justice; it may take longer than we’d like, but eventually the truth will come out in Carlos Coy’s case. Take heart, keep spreading the word, and never, ever give up.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kerry Max Cook

A slightly bizarre turn of events in the Kerry Max Cook case; he was released in 1999 after 3 botched murder trials and 20 years in prison. Although he signed a plea deal for his release, he’s been fighting to prove his actual innocence to this day.

He recently fired his Innocence Project lawyers, accusing them of bullying him into a plea deal that would remove any accountability from the prosecutors who imprisoned him. He plans to represent himself in the future.

I admire his fortitude, and hope that he finally receives justice. I wonder sometimes what would have happened if Carlos Coy had taken the plea deal that prosecutors offered him but I think that, ultimately, the truth is what matters and it’s what you have to fight for.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Spread the word

I want to say a very big thank you to Mark Serna, who put one of our SoundCloud phone calls on a YouTube video. YouTube is a little bit more well-known, a little bit more accessible, and I appreciate the work he put it into it. I stupidly misspelled his name when I put it up on Facebook, and I apologize for that.

The video has 5,378 views as I write, let's see if we can get that number up; please share it on your social media platform of choice, show it to friends or anyone who has questions about the case. He's got a YouTube channel with a lot of SPM content, as well: Free SPM

Both parts of the recording are also available on Sound Cloud here: https://soundcloud.com/incandesio

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Brian Edward Franklin

There is an absolutely cockle-warming story out of Fort Worth involving a former cop who served 21 years after being convicted of Sexual Assault of a Child. He was released on bond May 5, after the appeals court ruled that his accuser perjured herself during the trial.

His case, like Coy’s, relied solely on testimony; there was no DNA. Her accuser, while maintaining that she was raped by Franklin, admitted she lied when she said she had never had sex before that time. She accused her step father of raping her for years before hand, and even while the trial was going on. The step father’s family disputes this.

            Tarrant County prosecutors say they still plan to press charges but for now, Franklin is a free man. From the article:

Franklin said he previously rejected a plea arrangement from the district attorney’s office that required him to plead guilty before being released on time served. Franklin said he will not plead guilty to a crime that he did not commit.

“I didn’t do it,” Franklin said Thursday.” I wasn’t even there. I’ve taken a polygraph. I don’t know what else they want me to do.
“If they looked at the evidence with an open mind, they would see that I am innocent,” he said. “She’s an admitted liar and a perjurer. And I’m not the only innocent man in prison.””

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

John Nolley

The Innocence Project has been working on the case of John Nolley for about 10 years; he was convicted in 1998 of the horrific murder of Sharon Mclane and sentenced to life in prison. he was released on a personal recognizance bond yesterday, after 19 years in prison.

The Tarrant County District Attorney was quick to point out that this is not an exoneration; John Nolley was merely released because the only witness to his confession, a fellow inmate named John O’Brien, eventually recanted. Also, a bloody handprint found at the scene was finally revealed to be from an unidentified third party; not the victim, and not Nolley.

19 years is a long time, and this man still has to wait and see if Tarrant County will establish Actual Innocence.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hello/Can't talk/Goodbye

I received a brief note from SPM last week; it’s a personal letter so I will not be posting it, but he says he’s fine and that he’ll be in touch. It sounds like he’s been very busy communicating with Dope House Records, which I think is good news for all the music fans.

            Anyway, hang in there, hopefully we’ll have an update soon. As always if you have a question or comment for SPM, please post it here (it may take a few hours to show up), or on our Facebook page.