Sunday, September 2, 2012
Letter to Pat Lykos 26
First post of the month, time for another letter to Lykos! I intend to talk more about the story of Lisa Andrews exposing corruption in the Parole Department in a later post. In the meantime, please help us keep this case in front of the D.A. by writing a letter and sending it off, print out a copy of this one, or download one of the blog flyers to your right and send that.
The Honorable Pat Lykos
1201 Franklin St
I'm writing today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.
I have been following the news about the probation department's drug fiasco with great interest. While it feels a little ridiculous to point out that this is not an isolated case of the justice system incarcerating innocent citizens, I have to do it. It is one more scandal piled on top of a mountain of evidence that there are serious problems in Harris County, dating back to the days of D.A. Johnny Holmes.
I saw that you had placed a moratorium on using the department's test results for any purpose, and I am sure that your office will, once more, go to great lengths to ensure that those who have had their probation revoked because of erroneous testing receive justice. What surprised me, though, was that attorney Lisa Andrews was spearheading this movement. If I'm not mistaken, she also prosecuted Coy. While I have grave doubts about the methods that were used in that case, I was very encouraged to read this recent quote,"In the criminal justice system, when people's liberty and their freedom is on the line, we have to be able to rely on our labs, our police officers, and our system, to have integrity," she told me. "And unfortunately, a few bad apples can bring down the whole system."
Ma'am, I strongly believe that Coy's case was an example of foul play by the District Attorney's office. You have experience with overturning faulty convictions, with ensuring that the innocent do eventually get another day in court. I urge you once again to please, look into Coy's case. Consider whether the state's agents demonstrated the appropriate integrity, or simply took the shortest path to a career-enhancing, high-profile conviction.
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