Ladondrell Montgomery was hauled before Judge Mark Ellis(the same judge that presided over Coy vs. Texas) for a robbery that took place in 2009. I assume it was a normal trial; witnesses were called, evidence must have been produced, lawyers probably argued back and forth.
Mr. Montgomery was given a life sentence and carted away to prison. But his story doesn’t end there. He was exonerated this month when it was discovered that he had actually been in jail at the time of his supposed crime.
Are you shitting me,
? Harris County
The judge laid the blame on the lawyers. The lawyers each blamed the other side. Mr. Montgomery himself is no angel, and remains in jail under indictment for five other charges; But the fact is that in this case justice came down hard, as hard as possible, on a man who was innocent of the crime he was accused of.
I wonder what led the prosecutors to believe that they had the right man. Was it because he lived near the scene of the crime? Was it because he’d been arrested before and he was a familiar face? It sure as hell couldn’t have been anything substantive, because there is no way he committed the crime. So basically he was convicted because the state said “He’s guilty”.
Some people will say that he deserved what he got because he’s a career criminal, and it doesn’t really matter if his trial was fair, as long as he ends up behind bars. Those people fail to realize that if the standard of proof has slipped so much that a man can be convicted of a crime when the government that is charging him had him in custody at the time…Well, it means that they don’t need any goddamn proof. They don’t need shit to put you or your mother or your granny in jail except for the word of a prosecutor. You might get lucky and have a jury that calls them on their bullshit, but in
, what are the odds of that happening? Harris County
Men are being locked away for anything and everything; robbery, rape, and murder, without any proof at all. Nothing but the word of
and it’s agents, presented to a jury in such a way that they can convict with a clear conscience. Texas