Some of you may remember the mention of the BAT van controversy; the Blood Alcohol Testing equipment was not adequately maintained and was giving false positives, resulting in people who may not have been over the legal limit getting DWI convictions.
Apparently this was not enough of a problem for anyone to care about, until the shit hit the fan when a technician was allegedly fired for complaining about the problems. There has been a Grand Jury investigation into the matter, and Pat Lykos was called to testify about whether her office had been retaliating against this individual.
The whole situation is pretty complicated, and what still amazes me is that the fact that no one seems to be particularly interested in the wrongful convictions that may have resulted from this bullshit.
The point is, Pat Lykos’ office is being investigated at the beginning of an election year. With the Grand Jury Investigation drawing to a close, it’s a fair bet that the situation will be resolved as much as any governmental injustice is ever resolved. The fallout might continue for months. The scandal will probably be brought up whenever Lykos is mentioned in the news. She needs something bigger for people to focus on.
Why shouldn’t that something be a new trial for Carlos Coy? It’s a case that belonged to a previous era, when misrepresentations and foolishness were rampant. It’s a guaranteed media magnet, not only because of Coy’s place in the hearts of the community but also because of the volatile relationship between the judicial system and the general public. The DA’s office is going to have to pick a side in this case, right or wrong.
I can’t imagine a better situation for Pat Lykos to illustrate her fight to bring integrity back to the justice system. We’re not asking for an automatic get-out-of-jail card, but for a second chance at justice; a new trial for a man who experienced the worst the police and courts had to offer.
Think about this as you write a letter to the DA’s office; what can we do to present this as an opportunity for them to shine? To show the public that, in spite of mistakes made in the past, they really are trying to pursue justice; Not just for those going through the system at the moment, but also for those that have already been locked away and told to give up hope.