"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another Phony Exoneration Claim

Defending People gets a little over-excited about a death row reversal brought on by an investigation, ahem, intiated by the District Attorney's Office, and claims it shows "Actual Innocence in Collin County."

But read a little deeper (as you must when the left claims an "exoneration"), and you'll find that although a DNA test shows that the defendant, Blair, was not a contributor to evidence at the scene, and therefore legal doubt exists concerning his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, there is no "exoneration:" As the District Attorney put it, "Although Mr. Blair has not been exonerated, I believe the evidence as it now stands meets the criteria for relief under the law."

Addendum: Add Capital Defense Weekly to the hot flash brigade, and Barry Scheck too, who said of this case, “Troubling questions about our criminal justice are raised any time DNA testing shows that someone on death row is innocent.

OK, can we send these folks back to Crim Pro 101 or Basic Logic, or even Sixth Grade Grammar, or could it be that these really bright folks understand full well their mistatements?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tom:

Two points:

The most apt term is libertarian (with a small "L") not left.

The DNA came back as someone else's DNA. Unless there was a lab mix-up on some other odd course of events (not impossible, but highly improbable), this guy likely didn't do it. I should note even if he walks on this one he is going to be spending life in prison. He was a suspect for a reason.