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Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: hal
Date: May 07, 2021 11:56AM
[www.nytimes.com]

“My dying words will always be, as it has been, ‘I am an innocent man,’” he told the BBC in an interview published on April 19, 2017 — the day before officials in Arkansas administered the lethal injection.

Four years later, lawyers affiliated with the Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union say DNA testing has revealed that genetic material on the murder weapon — which was never previously tested — in fact belongs to another man. In a highly unusual development for a case in which a person has already been convicted and executed, the new genetic profile has been uploaded to a national criminal database in an attempt to identify the mystery man.

The Innocence Project and the A.C.L.U. have pushed for additional DNA testing at previous times, including the eve of Mr. Lee’s execution. The request was denied. A federal judge rejected Mr. Lee’s request for a stay of the execution, saying that he had “simply delayed too long,” according to a complaint filed by Ms. Young.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: May 07, 2021 02:26PM
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hal
...genetic material on the murder weapon — which was never previously tested...The Innocence Project and the A.C.L.U. have pushed for additional DNA testing at previous times, including the eve of Mr. Lee’s execution. The request was denied...

Granted, I don't work in the legal community, so am not familiar with all of the arcane inner-workings, but speaking as an outsider: WTF?!!?
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: kj
Date: May 07, 2021 02:32PM
That's sickening.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 07, 2021 03:05PM
The court version of kneeling on his neck



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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: hal
Date: May 07, 2021 03:30PM
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SDGuy
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hal
...genetic material on the murder weapon — which was never previously tested...The Innocence Project and the A.C.L.U. have pushed for additional DNA testing at previous times, including the eve of Mr. Lee’s execution. The request was denied...

Granted, I don't work in the legal community, so am not familiar with all of the arcane inner-workings, but speaking as an outsider: WTF?!!?

'too late' says the court. That's understandable - you can't expect them to wait around for ever...

/s
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 07, 2021 03:45PM
This is why I am against the capital punishment.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 07, 2021 03:55PM
Yup
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 07, 2021 05:04PM
It's ONE reason I'm against capital punishment.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 07, 2021 06:11PM
Judges, District Attorneys, and prosecutors all fight anything that will cut down their success rate because they rely on keeping those numbers high to stay in their jobs.



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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 07, 2021 08:13PM
I like the MAGA's explanation of these things...'Well, he must have been guilty of SOMETHING'.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 07, 2021 10:29PM
How about we put to - I mean, put in - prison the people who perpetrated this travesty.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 08, 2021 12:20AM
Mistakes happen. Get over it. You don’t hear the guy they executed by mistake complaining.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/08/2021 12:20AM by Speedy.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 08, 2021 08:10AM
I am reminded of the argument by one of the Supremes (Scalia?) that citizens are guaranteed process, not result. If the process fails (like it has here) and an innocent defendant is convicted and punished, too bad. Gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.
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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 09, 2021 01:17PM
Yep, actual innocence is no bar to conviction.



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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: Rolando
Date: May 16, 2021 10:28AM
Perhaps if Judges and Prosecutors would face murder charges for intentionally blocking/ignoring evidence of innocence? Maybe manslaughter if they did not know? Never gonna happen! Accountability is only for the poor white trash, @#$%& and @#$%&!



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Re: Arkansas executed an innocent man in 2017 DNA testing shows
Posted by: RgrF
Date: May 16, 2021 11:08AM
Insulating officials from personal responsibility for official acts (limited liability for police is the more current) is perhaps the most corrosive of underlying problems with the current criminal justice system.
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