Marisol over at All Things SPM is organizing a writing campaign; please, send a letter explaining why you would like to see Carlos Coy receive a new trial on November 3. You are welcome to copy any of the letters I’ve posted here, of course, or write your own if you’d prefer. Remember, there is no magic formula, no perfect combination of words that make it ‘good’ or ‘not good’. Every letter sent accomplishes the goal of reminding the Harris County D.A.’s office that we are still here, and we will continue to demand justice.
1201 Franklin St
Houston, Tx 77002-1923
I’m writing to you today about the case of Carlos Coy, #908426. As you may be aware, two men recently had their convictions overturned in Dallas; Stanley Mozee and Dennis Allen walked free on October 28, due to prosecutorial misconduct.
It is so common for citizens that have little or no contact with the justice to see cases like this, and either discount it as a technicality or dismiss it as a freak occurence. We trust our courts and prosecutors to do what’s right, and in some ways that’s a beautiful thing. We should always have faith that our fellow human beings are doing the right thing.
Unfortunately, as anyone who’s been involved with the justice system (from either end) can see, sometimes that faith is misplaced. The more I have learned about Carlos Coy’s case, the more I believe that the system failed him. There was no attempt to collect physical evidence, the complainant’s mother refused to say how many times her family had met with prosecutors before the trial; this seems peculiar in light of the fact that the first police interview, as well as the mother’s first written statement, were discarded and re-done days later.
I am convinced that Carlos Coy’s conviction will one day be overturned, and he will have another day in court. I urge you to help that happen sooner rather than later. Please, review his case, speak with the assistant D.A.’s that prosecuted him, and assign his case to the Post-Conviction Review unit. Every wrongful puts the citizens of Texas at risk, and every exoneration is a victory for those that seek justice.