Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hank Skinner: David Protess asks what took Texas so long to finally agree to DNA testing: The Huffington Post;

COMMENTARY: "Texas finally agrees to DNA testing for condemned man. What took so long?" by David Protess, President of the Chicago Innocence Project, published on the Huffington Post on June 4, 2012.

GIST: "Back on campus, we planned the release of the students' findings, which eventually were reported in the spring of 2000 on the AP wires and NBC News. That led to a memorable confrontation on Court TV between the D.A. and me in which host Nancy Grace shamed him into promising tests on the remaining evidence. But when several of results excluded Skinner, the D.A. backed off. Fearful of what the forensics would turn up on the murder weapons, the hairs and the jacket, he unilaterally halted the testing. That's when Skinner's lawyers filed suit in 2001 to complete what the D.A. had started. The two D.A.s who succeeded him have maintained the same no-test policy, as did the Texas attorney general -- until three days ago."

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