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  •  Really? You really think people will be okay (2+ / 0-)
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    with him being executed because he beat his wife?  I don't.  There are certainly some people like that - probably those who applauded.  But there are also a lot of decent people who truly understand the concept of someone being innocent of murdering three children even if they beat their wife.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Thu Sep 08, 2011 at 11:03:22 AM PDT

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    •  I think you are misunderstanding his point (0+ / 0-)

      He probably shouldn't have said anything about the wife beating. That's totally beside the point.

      The point is that the diarist is overstating the facts.  This guy is not "innocent".  He was found guilty.  

      There are questions about the validity of the verdict which have not been answered.  There is exculpatory evidence which was not examined by the judge.

      But the judge and/or jury could have seen the evidence and still found the guy guilty. We will never know.

      A more accurate headline (which to me is just as compelling) would have been:

      "Rick Perry had a man executed rather than have new exculpatory evidence examined first!"

      •  Except in this case the "new exculpatory evidence" (1+ / 0-)
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        was overwhelming.  It wasn't just that there was a possibility a mistake could have been made and further investigation was warranted.  It was that the ONLY evidence against him was shown to be totally bogus and intentionally created, with virtually no basis for the claims made by the original arson "investigator".  So, no it was far beyond that there were questions about the validity of the verdict.

        "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

        by gustynpip on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:43:08 AM PDT

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        •  overwhelming according to whom? (0+ / 0-)

          That's the problem. You may think it's overwhelming, but it's entirely possible that had a judge looked it over, it would have amounted to no change at all. The scandal is that the governor interfered with the legal process.  The outcome of what that process would have been is undetermined.

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