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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Grand Antics

Ruben Carrizal, a long-time veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s department, went to work for the Harris County District Attorney. He resigned the same year (2013).

He resigned because he got caught tampering with  government documents; he executed a warrant without a judge’s signature, then went back sometime later, had the judge sign it, and dated  the document to make it look like it had been signed all along.

A Grand Jury chose not to take action on the case, and Carrizal resigned in (presumably) disgrace. He was then re-hired by the Sheriff’s department. Three days later.

It is, shall we say, a Bad Thing, to make either the choice or the mistake of not getting a judge’s signature on a search warrant. It is an Even Worse Thing, in my opinion, to backdate the warrant. He screwed up, and tried to avoid dealing with the consequences. The system in place allowed him to do this, then provided a safe haven for him when his acts came to light; he won’t be facing charges, because a Grand Jury ‘chose to take no action’, which is apparently an even less public way of dismissing prosecution than a “no bill’.

If you plan on attending or supporting the upcoming ‘Day of Unity’, please remember that this is the system we’re fighting against. This is the shit that needs to be made public. In case you missed it, there was a pseudo press-release from SPM about the gathering on October 3rd, and you can listen to that here: https://m.soundcloud.com/dopehouseofficial/the-day-of-unity-speech




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

S.O.N.Light




Just a quick update for today’s post; the Coy family's planning for the Day of Unity continues, and there’s another pre-event planning meeting this weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg2jA4xrLh0
At the last meeting there was a speaker-phone call from SPM, so attend & volunteer, if you can. 




You can find links to various social media pages below the post, in no particular order. If I forgot anybody, add it in the comments.


Publicity for The S.O.N. continues to roll out; you can see the Dope House commercial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99c2FHWXP5I
Apparently you can preorder it on Amazon for the correct price of $11.99, or on Best Buy. They've been filming a music video, with Pablo Time Nuñez as SPM's doppelganger. Check out the pictures, they're pretty amazing.


This whole confluence of events has been a long time coming; if you make it to the protest on October 3rd, please remember that there will be eyes on us as a group. There’s no need to argue with anyone, to give or take offence. The point is to get the attention of the public at large, and those that work within the Harris County justice system. Remember that this needs to be done in a positive way.


I have met quite a few SPM fans over the years, and every one of them has been a very cool person. Please, let’s project that awesomeness far and wide from now until 10/03.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lacresha Murray


Lacresha Murray

I’m not sure how I missed this story for so long; Murray’s case started in Austin, when she was just 11 years old. In 1996 she was convicted of stomping a two-year-old that she had been babysitting to death, and sentenced to 20 years. They used a statement she had made (after hours of being questioned, without an adult) to seal the deal.

This was set aside almost immediately, after a judge realized that Murray had received no defense.

She was tried again in 1997, and convicted after a medical examiner testified that bruises on the baby’s body matched the sneaker tread of the 11 year-old’s shoes. She was convicted again and sentenced to 25 years.

In 1999, the Texas Court of Appeals set aside the conviction once again, ruling that her confession should have been thrown out because she had not received an explanation of her rights, and because hey, interrogating an eleven year old for hours non-stop without a family member present might not be, y’know, SOP best practices. Maybe. Also it was pretty apparent that the child in her care had been beaten before she ever arrived at Murray’s home, and gee maybe we should look into that.

Charges were dismissed with prejudice, which means they can not bring her back to trial, and Murray was released after having spent many of her formative years behind bars, as a convicted murderer.

There are many layers of tragedy in this story, not the least of which is that she was convicted twice, without a defense, with a confession obtained by illegally isolating her from her family, from a lawyer, even from a magistrate, and testimony that was later retracted by the medical examiner who had offered it.

This is what we’re fighting against; this is a facet of the justice system that many people simply refuse to see. Justice came, eventually, for most of the people I’ve written about. I believe it will eventually come for Carlos Coy. I urge you to attend or support the upcoming Day of Unity; let Harris County know that we simply want to know that justice will prevail.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Responses

I have another round of your questions, answered by SPM; thanks to Carlos Coy and Blaine Tate. Click the link to hear: https://soundcloud.com/incandesio/spm-aftermath-questions-2

If you have any more questions, please post them in the comments so that I can send them in!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You Should Join Us

It has been extremely cool to watch the preparations commencing for SPM's 'Day of Unity', and the release of The S.O.N. Dope House hosted a preliminary meeting on 8/24, and it looks like it went very well. There is video of some volunteers handing out flyers here.

I want to tell those of you who have just found the blog, and remind those of you who have been around awhile, that by advocating justice for Carlos Coy we are speaking out for the rights of every citizen. No matter your position on his guilt or innocence, a cursory examination of Coy's trial reveals disquieting truths about his case, and Harris County's justice system in general.

A few examples include how testimony changed during the trial itself in SPM Responds 8 ...testimony about the family of the accuser that never did make it's way into the criminal trial, but was laid out at the civil trial in SPM Responds 12 ...and questions about whether or not Coy was even physically capable of committing act he was convicted for in The Neverending Letter part 2

I believe that Coy is innocent, but I freely admit that I can't prove it.What can be proven, and one day, God willing, will be proven, is that his trial was not just. If the verdict is allowed to stand in this case, or in the many like it all over Texas, we're accepting that injustice is acceptable, as long as it gives us the illusion of safety. Please, add your voice to those already committed to saying no.

https://www.facebook.com/spmretrial

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weekend Reading 86

It looks like there will be a prep meeting August 24 (tomorrow) at the Dope house. If you're interested in getting involved, stop by!

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/spmretrial


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grand Jury, meet Ham Sandwich



Anyone who has not been living under a rock for the past week probably knows that the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, was recently indicted for coercion and official oppression.


We’ve talked a little about Texas’s Grand Juries and how they work, as far as I understand it. You can see that here: http://www.spmaftermath.com/2013/05/grand-jury-rigged.html

Perry’s indictment presents a unique opportunity. He is a Republican, and a law’n order, throw-the-book-at-'em one at that. His politics are about where mine were a few years ago, and his supporters are the type of conservative right-wingers that reflexively support law enforcement. They are facing a conundrum; it’s likely that they will see these charges as politically motivated, which means that the system has failed.

The challenge will be to illustrate that this is not an example of the system being abused; Perry’s indictment is simply how the system works.

The excellent legal blog Popehat summed it up best:


“As I have discussed before, my fortunate clients are the most outraged at how they are treated by the criminal justice system, and most prone to seeing conspiracies and vendettas, because they are new to it — they have not questioned the premise that the system's goal is justice. My clients who have lived difficult lives in hard neighborhoods don't see a conspiracy; they recognize incompetence and brutal indifference and injustice as features, not bugs. "Justice system" is a label, not a description. The furnace on a steam locomotive bound for San Francisco does not have a goal of reaching San Francisco; the furnace just burns what you throw into it to move the train along.”