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Re: “Howard prosecutor withheld evidence in Texas trial

While the victims deaths are troubling, even more troubling is the prosecutions proven obstruction of the release of evidence, no matter if it clears or condemns the defendant. When this happens, the tie ought to go with the defendant. And should result in at least a mistrial, a retrial, or even a dismissal. And the attorney that did it, should end up with at least a major black mark, especially since this is the second time he has done it. Kind of sad, that a man's very live, is put in jeopardy by a failure like this.
Now, Mr. Howard has had his second trial, at the expense of Little River County, and while he was still found guilty, this jury decided to lessen his punishment, to the approximate number of years he had already served on death row, and thus he would be eligible for parole, and immediate release. Except that is not what happened. The parole board, instead decided to not grant him what he was sort of promised in court, and kept him. He has had few disciplinary write-ups while on death row. And yet even he says that his going to prison, probably saved his life, kept him from dying of drugs. His claim, is that he is now a changed man. Should he not get the chance to prove it on the outside?
And this is why I no longer believe in the death penalty, as it is non-reversible. With the numbers that DNA evidence has cleared, now over three hundred. And some of them had been sentenced to death, so in the passing years, I am sure there have been some that were innocent put to death. With that, I hope to never have to judge such a case, for I would always carry that doubt, no matter how small, that I made a mistake.
But if the prosecuting attorney ever decides to no longer run, and this attorney runs, I do hope there is another name on the ballot, so I can at least vote against his getting the nod.

Posted by Larry Cook on 10/12/2016 at 11:19 PM

 

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