Sunday, May 13, 2012
Letter to Pat Lykos 19
Here is a link to the video story of Ernie Lopez: http://video.pbs.org/video/2028481038
And here is today's letter to Pat Lykos; please, send this one to the address below, write your own, or print & send one of the flyers to your right. Remember that this is an election year, and the District Attorney needs to know what potential voters are thinking about. Let her know you want to see justice for Carlos Coy!
District Attorney Patricia Lykos
1201 Franklin St
I’m writing today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426
I recently updated myself on the status of Mr. Ernie Lopez. Convicted in Potter County in 2003, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently determined that his defense counsel had failed to adequately investigate the death of the baby he was accused of raping & murdering, and ordered him a new trial. For now, Mr. Lopez is back home with his family and friends.
I don’t know the truth of his guilt or innocence, but the fact that the prosecution could not truly prove that the baby was assaulted by anyone seems significant. You know the strictness of the TCCA, and for them to agree that competent medical testimony could have changed the outcome of his first trial is surprising…Harmful error is rare in the Court of Appeals.
Why pursue this case, and send a man to prison for the rest of his life, if there was doubt that a crime had occurred? Was this really justice? How can we be sure of the safety of our children and loved ones when Texas seems determined to pursue cases built on conjecture and a knee-jerk reaction to any tragic event?
Mr. Lopez was sent to prison because of the prosecution’s narrow interpretation of subjective evidence; Mr. Coy was sent to prison without any physical evidence of any kind, and very weak testimony. According to the Houston Chronicle the alleged victim stated three times in court, twice to the prosecutor's face, that she wasn’t even sure she had been assaulted.
Mr. Lopez is home with his family today; please, for the sake of Coy’s family, examine the evidence against him and ask yourself if the prosecutors in his case were fighting for justice, or merely a high-profile conviction.
Thank you for your time.
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