Friday, May 4, 2012

Bulletin: Hank Skinner: David Protess explains why Texas is fighting so hard against DNA-testing; (Fortunately judges will have the last word. HL);

STORY: "Texas lawman to High Court: DNA testing "frivolous" in death penalty case," a commentary by David Protess, President of the Chicago Innocence Project, in the Huffington Post, on May 4, 2012.

GIST: "So what's really behind Texas' decade-long battle to prevent the testing? Last November, I reported in the Huffington Post that Texas feared what the results might reveal. When the D.A. who prosecuted Skinner secretly conducted tests on some of the evidence after the trial, he was stunned to learn that several of the results excluded Skinner. Bloody gauze from the front sidewalk, blood on a cassette recorder and hair taken from the female victim's hand -- all pointed to someone else. But who? Mounting evidence suggests that Twila Busby's uncle may have been in the home that night. He had been stalking her at a New Year's Eve party right before the murders, had left the party soon after she headed home, and was seen scrubbing clean his pick-up truck on New Year's morning. Perhaps most important, the uncle regularly wore a windbreaker exactly like the one found next to his niece's body. No wonder Texas lawmen don't want that jacket tested. No wonder they have gone to great lengths to fight forensics on the rape kit and murder weapons -- or any further DNA testing after the exculpatory results were reported to the D.A.'s office. Fortunately, the judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals don't seem to be buying what the prosecution is selling."



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