D.A. Mike Anderson
1201 Franklin St
I'm writing today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.
I have been following the news relating to Mr. Duane Buck with great interest; while most of his supporters seem to believe that he should be given a new sentencing hearing because of racism, it is the procedural implications of his trial that I am most interested in.
Whatever Dr. Quijano's personal views may be, the prosecutor that elicited the infamous answer asked his questions with care; they say a lawyer should never ask a question he doesn't know the answer to, and I believe this was no exception. The prosecutor wanted the jury to consider not Duane Buck the individual, but Duane Buck, the faceless member of a strange and dangerous group.
Sir, I do not know what your decision will be regarding Mr. Buck's case, but I have great respect for those that are standing up for the principles of impartiality and fairness. If he receives a new sentencing hearing, and receives another death sentence, some may believe that the cost incurred was wasted; but by ensuring that each trial is focused on the correct application of justice in every particular, you reassure us that you serve the public interest.
That is why I hope the same spirit that prompts Duane Buck's supporters to action will also lead you to provide Carlos Coy with a new trial. I do not believe that he was convicted because of racism; I believe the issues in his trial are deeper than that; the willingness of the judge to exclude evidence, of the prosecutors to allow witnesses to 'practice' their testimony outside the presence of the jury, and the general tendency to view Coy as a member of the most despised group imaginable, and not as a potentially innocent defendant.
Please, sir, re-try this case. Give us justice.
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