Preston Hughes III: Texas set to execute him in spite of "plethora of evidence" that suggests he is the wrong man or was framed by the police; Houston Chronicle.
STORY: "State (Texas) on track to execute its 15th in 2012: Preston Hughes' appeals have repeatedly been denied," by reporter Jordan Smith, published in the Houston Chronicle on November 15, 2012.
GIST: "At press time, the state was readying to carry out the Nov. 15 execution of Preston Hughes III,
set to become the 15th inmate executed this year and the 492nd inmate
executed since reinstatement of the death penalty. Hughes was sentenced
to death for the 1988 double murder of 15-year-old LaShandra Charles
and her 3-year-old cousin, Marcell Taylor, who were found stabbed to
death on a weed-choked trail behind a Fuddruckers in far West Houston.........Hughes' appeals have been unsuccessful despite a plethora of evidence
that suggests either that he is the wrong man, or that he was framed by
police despite being guilty: Evidence records reflect that police
logged evidence into custody several hours before they had permission to
search Hughes' apartment. Notably, the glasses that police considered a
direct link between Charles and Hughes were not on the evidence list;
Hughes' attorney and supporters believe they were planted in the
apartment some time in the hours after Charles was discovered. Moreover,
when asked by the Chronicle this fall to review the autopsy
evidence, Tarrant County Deputy Medical Examiner Lloyd White concluded
that it would have been medically impossible for Charles to have been
conscious and talking after sustaining such a fatal injury. Hughes' attorney Pat McCann has filed several recent appeals –
including one that raises the question of police having planted evidence
– each of which has been denied. Meanwhile, California-based blogger
John Allen, known online as the Skeptical Juror (www.skepticaljuror.com),
has helped Hughes to file a flurry of pro se writs; each of those also
has been denied, clearing the way for Hughes' execution this evening,
Thursday, Nov. 15."
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incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the
harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into
pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology
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My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on! Harold Levy.