For today’s post, I’m going to point you to an excellent article over at the Texas Monthly, which I stumbled across via Grits For Breakfast.
This is a long, long, (longlonglong) piece written from various perspectives about the Waco lake murders. Four men were imprisoned for the rape & murder of three teens. One, David Spence, was executed by the state in 1997, one died in prison, one was exonerated in 1993 and one, Anthony Melendez, remains incarcerated.
It’s sobering, because it shows how much time and effort it takes to get a wrongful conviction overturned. The level of bullshit displayed is a little disheartening; that’s what we’re up against. Still, the dedication displayed by numerous unconnected people is awe-inspiring. People can’t give a shit, unless they’re aware of shit; but you get information into the hands of the right people and mountains can be moved.
We need to know about these cases and be able to talk about them because I don’t believe that what happened to Carlos Coy was something unique, or out of the ordinary. Texas has railroaded its citizens, locking them away for years for crimes they did not commit. It’s documented, it’s publicized, and yet it’s not going to stop without the informed outrage of its citizens.