Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DNA Tests Disprove Key Evidence in Texas Execution Case

OK, I know it's out of state, but I received this interesting email from the Innocence project. Thought I'd share it.

New DNA tests show that Claude Jones was executed a decade ago in
Texas based on false physical evidence that officials declined to test
before his execution.

Jones always maintained his innocence of the murder for which he was
executed, and the new test results prove that a hair allegedly tying
him to the crime scene was not his. Before his execution, Jones
requested a 30-day stay from then-Governor George W. Bush so he could
seek DNA testing on the hair. A memo from the Texas General Counsel's
office recommended against the stay and failed to mention that Jones
was seeking DNA tests. Bush denied the motion, and Jones was executed
on December 7, 2000.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Saturday, Innocence Project
Co-Director Barry Scheck wrote that Jones' execution "never
should have happened" and goes on to say that the injustice Jones
suffered highlights the need for a national criminal justice
commission to examine and address issues including the death penalty
and the underlying causes of wrongful conviction.

Read more about the Jones case

Read Barry Scheck's op-ed

1 comment:

Ward Larkin said...

I knew Claude Jones -- he went by BJ. That's short of Butch Jones. In fact, along with one of his brothers, I witnessed his execution.

But that's not why I comment. I couldn't figure any other way in which I could post to this blog.

Another Texas Death Penalty case involves a man named Nathan Ray Foreman. He and four associates were arrested in Pitt County, NC on January 29, 2010 with 88 pounds of cocaine.

On May 10, 2010 Foreman (and I'm guessing the others) pled guilty, were fined $15,000 (plus court costs) and sentenced to 10-12 months in NCDC, suspended to 30 months unsupervised probation. Plus he was ordered out of North Carolina during his unsupervised probation.

What is unsupervised probation? To me unsupervised probation violates the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Rules. It's also called the Interstate Compact.

Contact me at wardlarkin@hotmail.com with comments.