Time for another letter to the DA. There's a lot of shit going on right now that's extremely relevant to this case; let's make sure that Harris County hears about it. As always please feel free to copy this letter, write your own, or just send one of the blog flyers on the toolbar to your right.
The Honorable Devon Anderson
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600
I'm writing to you today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426.
A statistical study using a survival analysis model calculated the likelihood of exoneration of the prisoners currently on death row; removing the possibility of a prisoner being removed from death row, and therefore losing the exhaustive review process inherent to a death sentence revealed a statistical likelihood of about 1 in 25 eventually being exonerated.
It is sobering to imagine that we have executed innocent people, and this study highlights the fact that many of these individuals, who may eventually have proven their innocence, see their sentences reduced to life in prison. Once this is done the government no longer reviews their cases, so the circumstances which make it most likely that the truth will eventually be found are lost.
You know more than most people the exhaustive reviews and appeals that the justice system provides to prisoners sentenced to die. If it’s possible that 1 in 25 of them are actually innocent, what must the margin for error be in cases in which there is no government-funded review?
In a case like Coy’s, where there was never any physical evidence, where the testimony against him was confused and contradictory, does it not seem that the likely hood of a wrongful conviction would be greater than 1 in 25?
Ma’am, I believe that if you take the time to consider his case you too will see that there is no evidence that justice was served. Please, order a review of his case. Give Coy a new trial, one free of the whiff of corruption that so thoroughly permeates his current conviction.