09 March 2011

SCOTUS rules in favor of DNA testing for Hank Skinner

On March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner may pursue a civil rights claim to obtain DNA testing that could prove his innocence in the 1993 triple murders for which he was convicted.

While this is good news, I wonder why it had to get this far. How could the lower court have ruled that the evidence should be ignored, thereby risking the possibility of executing the wrong man?

That, of course, is a rhetorical question. The criminal justice system is not always just, as illustrated by the fact that we know of at least a few cases in which innocent people were wrongly executed.

My thoughts are with Hank Skinner and his lovely wife Sandrine as they pursue the next step in their fight to prove his innocence.

May the truth ultimately prevail, whatever it may turn out to be.

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