Friday, June 8, 2012

Hank Skinner: Amarillo Globe-News says DNA tests are necessary to serve justice.

EDITORIAL: " Skinner gets wish: DNA under scope," by John Kanelis, published in the Amarillo Globe-News on June 4, 2012.

GIST: "Skinner has admitted to being present when the murders occurred, but that he was incapacitated at that moment. And let’s not forget he had the victims’ blood on his clothing when police arrested him. Still, Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office made the right call in ordering the DNA tests, but not because of any belief here that they will exonerate Hank Skinner. The AG made the right call because the state must be certain it has ironclad evidence to execute someone for a capital crime. “You really ought to be absolutely sure before you strap a person down and kill him,” said Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Mike Keasler in a hearing this past month. True enough, judge. If the tests reaffirm what a Tarrant County trial jury already has determined, then justice will have been served."

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