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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

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Truth in Justice

Toby Shook's comments struck me as absurd, too. He is hardly the first prosecutor to take up the "closure for victims" mantra in opposition to re-examining convictions, but none of them can explain why victims and their families are better served by locking up an innocent person and letting the guilty go free. In the matter of capital cases, perhaps he is fearful that Watkins' review may not only disclose innocents on death row, but innocents from Dallas County who have already paid with their lives for someone else's crime. That's what happens when a system is rooted in revenge and fueled by the drive to win at all costs (except costs to oneself).

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  • Project Director Steve Hall was chief of staff to the Attorney General of Texas from 1983-1991; he was an administrator of the Texas Resource Center from 1993-1995. He has worked for the U.S. Congress and several Texas legislators. Hall is a former journalist.
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