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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Letter to Pat Lykos 9

It’s the first of the month, time for another letter to Lykos. I found this article in which 10,000 police officers are talking shit about Lykos, claiming she’s soft on crime and is making the citizens of Houston unsafe.
Why? Because she's made it harder for police to obtain bullshit convictions. As Minister Robert Muhammad puts it:

"They now have to prove and obey the law, and every DA should've been doing that from the very beginning so they've lost their privileged position and the gold old boy system…”

So please, take a moment of your day to write and let Lykos know that we see what she’s doing, and we appreciate it. If you’re going to be more likely to support her bid for re-election if she considers our case, let her know.

She obviously can’t count on the support of 10,000 police officers, so why not gain the support of HPD’s natural prey? Men and women of every color who live under the shadow of the state’s power, who know that all it takes to put them in prison is a crooked cop and the testimony of a crack head with nothing to lose. 

I want to stress that this is not about trading Carlos Coy’s freedom for votes. That would be yet another massive perversion of the system. What we’re asking her to do is prove to us one more time that she believes in the rules of due process; in everyone’s right to a fair trial.

Pat Lykos is a Republican. Republican’s bread and butter is the image that they are tough on crime. Pat Lykos has given a frank “Fuck you” to those who would use the courts as a corrupt conviction mill in order to make themselves appear ‘tough’. That’s not an easy thing to do, nor is it considered very smart politically. Let her know that you appreciate her efforts.

The Honorable Patricia R. Lykos
1201 Franklin, Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77002-1923


I’m writing today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.

I saw an article in the Houston Press the other day about a group of police officers that claimed you were soft on crime and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that the average citizen sees what you are doing, and appreciates it in a way that few HPD officers ever will.

You have restored accountability and honor to the DA’s office after Rosenthal’s disgraceful behavior. Unfortunately memories can be short, and what better way to remind people of the foolishness that you ended than by recommending a new trial in one of Rosenthal’s most notorious cases?

Carlos Coy was convicted with no physical evidence, no witnesses except the 9 year old girl who testified that the episode may have been a dream; the mother of this child, who held a grudge against Coy, and a few state’s experts, one of whom claimed her ‘feelings’ about the matter amounted to proof of his guilt.

Please give us justice, and remind the citizens of Houston how far we have come since 2008.

Me, my address, blah blah blah.


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