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Va Death Penalty information
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dennis    Posted 11-24-2003 at 13:59:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

Spence - DNA more concern    Posted 11-25-2003 at 03:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Constitutional errors in Roger Coleman's case were not considered because his attorneys miscalculated the time and filed his appeal one day late."

It's remarkable that we don't consider this a miscarriage of justice. These guys get licenses because the state deems them competant. If he's a clutz, the state should own up and come in to protect the defendant.

Interesting post, but I'd sure like to see the un-whitewashed statistics concerning new testing using DNA. But we won't because that would reveal how many tax payer millions are being shoveled out for hush money to wrongly accused.
Another thing too, I think an independant body should be doing the tests, not that I'm saying the state would tamper with evidence, but it would be a deterrent to do so. Especially when the tests call for payouts of billions instead of millions in the future.

Ron,Ar    Posted 11-24-2003 at 14:36:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Although this appears to be an open and shut case, and if so he certainly deserves the max, I have a little problem with this part.

Preservation of Evidence: The circuit court is under no obligation to preserve evidence from trials once they have concluded. In most cases, the evidence is destroyed. This evidence is crucial later when appeals lawyers are fighting for the condemned man's life, especially if the evidence can prove innocence

I think the evidence should be held for a specified length of time, it might even come in handy in another case.

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