Grits for Breakfast has a link to an amazing series up at the Texas Tribune; made by Brandi Grissom, Ryan Murphy and Justin Dehn, it outlines a few recent and high-profile exonerations, talks about how it happened and what is being done and what could be done to prevent wrongful convictions in the future.
There are four articles and a video, which you can see here.
There’s the story of Michael Morton, and his son Eric; there’s an interview with Anthony Graves, Kerry Max Cook, and Dallas D.A. Craig Watkins who has been actively seeking out cases that sent innocent men to prison.
This is where Texas is, right now. The Kill-Someone-And-We-Will-Kill-You-Back state is just now coming to grips with the fact that its prisons may be housing innocent men. How can this culture of conviction at all costs be squared with Texan’s fiercely independent, liberty-loving history?
Please, take a moment to read these articles, watch the video, and then take a look at this page.
Look at the faces displayed there; it does not matter what color your skin is; what your age is, your sex, your criminal history or financial backround. If the state of Texas wants you in chains, they will get you.
They win because they have unlimited resources, they have the police on their side. The State pays the judges, the prosecutors, the experts. If they decide you’re going down, then that’s what will happen because we have refused to call them out on it.
Don’t let this continue. Stand up. Demand that the state of Texas explain the bewildering conviction of Carlos Coy, one acheived without evidence, without convincing proof, without reason.