Middle of the month, time for another letter to Pat Lykos! Please, join me in asking her to take a look at Carlos Coy’s case. Pick an interesting fact we’ve looked at on the blog, and make that the focus of your request, or write something personal about why you believe he deserves a second chance at justice.
But please, write something. Action creates change, inaction creates nothing.
The Honorable Pat Lykos
1201 Franklin St
I’m writing to you about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.
I was interested to see that the city of Houston recently broke ground for the new forensics laboratory. After so many years of upheaval, it’s good to see that there can be a fresh start.
The former crime lab sent many innocent men to prison, through incompetence or plain dishonesty; I admire your determination to advance the cause of justice with cutting edge technology, and I would like to ask you again to consider a conviction achieved with nothing but old-fashioned testimony and, I believe, misconduct on the part of those that should have known better.
I cannot believe that the safety of your citizens was increased, or the interests of justice served, by incarcerating a man with no forensic evidence, whose young accuser was subjected to an unrecorded interview with a police officer who has been repeatedly described by her peers as ‘relentless’. The prosecutor in this case, Denise Oncken, seems to have a history of Brady violations and using her position to lean on those who try to stand up to her.
I know this will be a busy year for you but please, take some time to look into the behavior of those involved in obtaining this conviction. Only with an understanding of their actions in this trial can we hope to eventually understand what appears to be a terrible miscarriage of justice.
Thank you for your time.
Me, my address, blah blah blah.