Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chris Tapp: Idaho: (False confession case): Bulletin: Momentous Development: After 20 years in prison for the murder of Angie Dodge, he is to be freed today under a negotiated deal (subject to approval of a judge) - in spite of a conviction widely attributed to a coerced, false confession - and Angie Dodge's mother's belief that he is innocent..."Tapp was convicted because he confessed. But in recent years a slew of reports from false confession experts, geneticists, polygraph experts and former FBI supervisory special agents have concluded that Tapp’s confession was false, that the details were fed to him by police and that he was coerced with threats of the gas chamber if he didn’t cooperate. Judges for Justice, the Center for Wrongful Convictions, the Idaho Innocence Project and the New York Innocence Project all worked with Thomas and others to overturn Tapp’s conviction. The deal doesn’t mean that Tapp’s conviction will be vacated, however. There are many samples of DNA that were left at the crime scene, all of which so far point to one man. That man’s identity remains unknown, but it isn’t Tapp."...".For the two women at the heart of the case — Carol Dodge, Angie’s mother, and Vera Tapp, Chris’ mother — the news of the deal was bittersweet. Vera said she looks forward to Chris coming home a free man. But she wishes prosecutors would exonerate him fully of the murder charge. “I think the prosecutor could drop the murder charge, because Christopher had nothing to do with murdering Angie Dodge,” Vera Tapp said. “He will still be convicted as a murderer, and he won’t be able to find a job with that on his record.” And Carol Dodge said she is “heartbroken” over the deal. “Chris spent 20 years of his life convicted on a lie, and now he’s being released to live the rest of his life as a lie because people who have power can justify this,” Dodge said. “They could care less what happens to Chris. All they cared about was having no liability.”Dodge said she’s also worried that her daughter’s murder will be forgotten, that the pressure to solve the case could dissipate. The man who killed Angie on a hot summer night more than 20 years ago is out there somewhere. And she wants him brought to justice." Reporter Bryan Clark; Idaho Statesman; March 21, 2017.


QUOTES OF THE DAY:

 “I think the prosecutor could drop the murder charge, because Christopher had nothing to do with murdering Angie Dodge. He will still be convicted as a murderer, and he won’t be able to find a job with that on his record.”

VERA TAPP; (Chris Tapp's mother);

“Chris spent 20 years of his life convicted on a lie, and now he’s being released to live the rest of his life as a lie because people who have power can justify this. They could care less what happens to Chris. All they cared about was having no liability.” (Dodge said she’s also worried that her daughter’s murder will be forgotten, that the pressure to solve the case could dissipate. The man who killed Angie on a hot summer night more than 20 years ago is out there somewhere. And she wants him brought to justice.)

CAROL DODGE; (Angie Dodd's mother);

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