First post of the month, time for another letter to the D.A.; please write your own, copy this one, or just send in one of the flyers to your right. Wrongful convictions and ramifications thereof are on a lot of lawmaker's minds at the moment, let's make sure our voices are heard!
D.A. Mike Anderson
I’m writing to you today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.
As you probably already know, the Texas legislature recently passed SB 344, which dictates guidelines to allow a prisoner to file a habeas appeal based on science that is now known to be faulty; hundreds of arson cases are currently being reviewed by the Innocence Project.
Mr. Coy was convicted on testimonial evidence, not physical. Empirically, there was no evidence that a crime had occurred; there was no physical evidence, or even an attempt to collect any. The ‘symptoms’ named by the state had been with the child for months, perhaps years before the date of the supposed assault.
The scientists that testified for the state accused Coy of grooming his daughter to be his next victim, but when confronted about it, they admitted that they had no evidence of it. It was an opinion, no more.
While I sincerely hope that everyone wrongfully convicted using bad science is freed, I also wonder how those who were convicted without even a pretense of scientific evidence can have their cases reconsidered. How can we refute an opinion, offered with no proof and accepted as fact?
Sir, I urge you to review this conviction; I firmly believe that it will eventually be called into question, and I hope to see that happen sooner rather than later. Carlos Coy, like every citizen, deserves a fair trial; given the state of the District Attorney’s office under Chuck Rosenthal, any case not based on firm evidence should be questioned.
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