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In brief:  Texas will deny a man a DNA test and kill him this Wednesday November 9, 2011.

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DNA Exonerations Continue, but Not for One Man

Hank Skinner has been pleading with the state since 2001 — to no avail — to test DNA evidence he believes will prove his innocence. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to walk into the execution chamber in Huntsville to face the ultimate punishment for three murders that he maintains he did not commit.

Michael Morton, with his mother, was released on personal bond this year.
“I have never had a case where we had to fight 10 years to get DNA tests,” said Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, who has worked on hundreds of cases. “This kind of protracted litigation is extremely rare these days.”

Mr. Skinner was convicted in 1995 of murdering his live-in girlfriend, Twila Busby, and her two sons in their home in the Panhandle town of Pampa. Texas — and most other states — did not have a post-conviction DNA testing law then. But since Mr. Skinner has been in prison, Texas has developed one of the strongest post-conviction DNA laws in the nation, and 45 inmates have been exonerated in the last decade based on test results....

...In an interview this week, Mr. Ellis said he does not understand how the court could continue to deny Mr. Skinner’s request, which he said his recent legislation would allow.

But last week, without explanation, the trial court in Gray County did just that. Mr. Skinner’s lawyers have appealed, again to the Court of Criminal Appeals, arguing that the Legislature has removed enough barriers to finally allow DNA tests before he is executed.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 07:47:16 AM PST

  •  There is no "action" that we can (3+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, SwedishJewfish, marina

    take (the link goes to a petition). Petitioning Rick Perry to call off an execution is, unfortunately, never going to work. Unless and until the citizens of TX start reconsidering their overwhelming support for executing their fellow citizens, and start electing Governors who are both intelligent and moral, this slaughter will continue.

  •  I Tried Your Link To The Petition, But... (0+ / 0-)

    couldn't find the petition.

    I don't know who you are petitioning, but it is too little, too late.

    In Texas The Govenor has no power to commute Skinner'sentance uless Skinner makes an appeal to the Board of Pardons and Parole AND the Board of Pardons and Parole sends a positive recommendation to Govenor Perry.  If they give a negative recommendation the govenor cannot legally commute the sentance.  I would assume that Skinner has already appealed to the Board and was rejected.  Only a new appeal to the Board with new evidence for them to review would be of any use at this point.

  •  Mr Skinner has more things pointing to his (0+ / 0-)

    innocence than any of the others. There is also many more things pointing to corruption in this case. To execute him will be outright premeditated murder by the state and the people responsible him being convicted in the first place. I read the whole story and it's should have led to not guilty. It appears the jury convicted him on no evidence at all. Everything obviously pointed to someone else..

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