A few times, I have been asked why I post stuff that has nothing to do with Carlos Coy’s case. A big part of convincing people that his trial was unfair is, in my experience, establishing the idea that Harris County’s justice system is fucked.
With that in mind, I’d like to bring your attention to the unfolding saga of Kelly Siegler. A former Harris County Prosecutor, Siegler was famous for a TV show based on solving cold cases, and her role in exonerating Anthony Graves.
A judge recently that she withheld vital evidence from a 2007 case, resulting in an unfair trial for David Temple. Grits for Breakfast highlighted this statement from the ruling "Of enormous significance was the prosecutor's testimony at the habeas hearing that apparently favorable evidence did not need to be disclosed if the State did not believe it was true."
This has nothing, and everything, to do with Carlos Coy’s case. I have long maintained that his case was not unique, that it was not unusual, that it was an example of the Harris County ‘justice’ machine grinding along the way it always has. Stories like this support my belief; Siegler is a part of the system that produced Chuck Rosenthal, Denise Oncken, and Lisa Andrews.