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(Some Guy)   Old news: man dies after thirteen years in prison for rape and murder he didn't commit. First time ever: Texas governor to pardon innocent man after he's dead   (radio.woai.com) divider line 297
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2010-02-28 08:09:06 PM
somehow "better late than never" just doesn't feel right here.. Those are the kind of situations where you hope there's a heaven, just so someone's terrible life doesn't just end as a terrible life.
 
2010-02-28 08:10:42 PM
Isn't that pretty much the only time Texas pardons anyone, after they've died in the Texan "justice" system?

"Our bad, y'all."
 
2010-02-28 08:11:58 PM
Great, that makes it all ok then.
 
2010-02-28 08:18:45 PM
Fat farking lot of good that does. Way to go Texas.
 
2010-02-28 08:21:47 PM
I suspect zombie appeasement here.
 
2010-02-28 08:24:44 PM
Texemon. Gotta kill them all.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-02-28 08:33:13 PM
I think Massachusetts pardoned the Salem witches some centuries after the fact when it was time to make an empty political gesture. We also recently repealed the law which required a guard to keep Indians out of Boston until the end of King Philip's War.
 
2010-02-28 08:53:21 PM
And none of the people responsible for his false imprisonment will suffer any consequences......farking awesome system we have.
 
2010-02-28 09:16:23 PM
Still no Texas tag??
 
2010-02-28 09:53:26 PM
ZAZ: I think Massachusetts pardoned the Salem witches some centuries after the fact when it was time to make an empty political gesture. We also recently repealed the law which required a guard to keep Indians out of Boston until the end of King Philip's War.

Better the state kill him than is mother aborting his fetus right?
 
2010-02-28 10:11:22 PM
As someone who had been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, I'm getting a kick...

/You have a right to remain silent.
//Early
///Often
 
2010-02-28 10:22:04 PM
too little, too late.
 
2010-02-28 10:33:26 PM
People, people, people. Why are you so hard on the state of Texas? This man was black. Obviously, he was guilty of SOMETHING. You act like the DA wasn't maintaining a conviction rate AND keeping the streets safe.
 
2010-02-28 10:34:05 PM
Staffist: As someone who had been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, I'm getting a kick...

/You have a right to remain silent.
//Early
///Often


are you a member of the A-Team?
 
2010-02-28 10:39:49 PM
HotLonelyTeenageGirl:
are you a member of the A-Team?


Only during intramurals.
 
2010-02-28 10:55:13 PM
Texas... Lady Justice weeps for you.

Everyone else chokes down the bile...
 
2010-02-28 11:21:56 PM
FTFA Cole steadfastly refused to request any type of clemency while in prison, because he claimed he didn't commit the crime.

While I can certainly see where he was coming from, he is an idiot. You can still get a pardon or reversal of conviction after you get clemency
 
2010-02-28 11:36:01 PM
kmmontandon: Isn't that pretty much the only time Texas pardons anyone, after they've died in the Texan "justice" system?

Not always. They'll refuse to pardon someone after they've killed him, even if the evidence is overwhelming.

Lookie here. (new window)

It's a long article, but one that I defy any supporter of capital punishment to read without qualms.
 
2010-02-28 11:40:57 PM
Forgot to say -

Hey Texas! You've put at least one innocent man to death.

F*ck you and your frontier "justice".

/the death penalty doesn't work, give it up
 
2010-02-28 11:46:53 PM
Bacon undergarments would have prevented this rape
 
2010-02-28 11:48:54 PM
This is why i'm opposed to the death penalty. Mind you, i think child rapists and premeditated murderers deserve to die. I just question the ability of our justice system to convict the right person.
 
2010-02-28 11:50:45 PM
FTA: DNA testing done in 2008 cleared the Texas Tech student and U.S. Army veteran, and implicated another man, Jerry Wayne Johnson, who confessed to the rape in 1996, but no prosecutors or law enforcement officials would listen.

That's more farked up than imprisoning the wrong guy. Mistakes happen, it's excusable(some of the time, anyway), but ignoring the obvious on such a sensitive case..
 
2010-02-28 11:53:12 PM
biobreak.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-02-28 11:53:25 PM
I used to be pretty pro-death penalty until Texas started making headlines as the place to go if you want to be executed as an innocent man in the name of justice.

It's seriously screwed up, and I'm just talking about the state of Texas. The fact that they killed someone who wasn't guilty is pretty sad too.

/ Been to Texas once in my life, that was enough (not counting layovers at DFW).
// Every time they threaten to secede, I offer to help them pack.
/// I blame heat strokes on a massive scale, it was 90F at NIGHT when I was there.
 
2010-02-28 11:54:14 PM
Fon_Win: This is why i'm opposed to the death penalty. Mind you, i think child rapists and premeditated murderers deserve to die. I just question the ability of our justice system to convict the right person.

Yep, this. You can bet he isn't the first nor last to be unjustly slain by the state.

But hey its best the innocent be murdered then the guilty remain alive, eh!!!!
 
2010-02-28 11:55:08 PM
Jerry Wayne Johnson, you know with the middle name Wayne he was predestined to be a murderer/rapist etc.
 
2010-02-28 11:55:09 PM
Let me understand this, maybe it's me, maybe I'm a little too farked up to get it. An innocent man died IN PRISON and the governor is going to pardon HIM? What's to pardon, he did nothing wrong? Are they looking to avoid a DEVASTATING lawsuit from the man's family?
 
2010-02-28 11:55:59 PM
ArkAngel: While I can certainly see where he was coming from, he is an idiot. You can still get a pardon or reversal of conviction after you get clemency

He was standing on principle, which is all he had left. A request for clemency would have been a tacit admission of guilt. A person should never need to ask forgiveness for an offense he did not commit.

/when the fall is all that's left, it matters a great deal
 
2010-02-28 11:56:45 PM
I read the headline as "man dies after thirteen years OF prison rape...", and my arsehole puckered.
 
2010-02-28 11:56:56 PM
Can someone explain to me why there's a statute of limitation on rape cases, especially with DNA to test?

/serious question
 
2010-02-28 11:58:06 PM
HotLonelyTeenageGirl: People, people, people. Why are you so hard on the state of Texas? This man was black. Obviously, he was guilty of SOMETHING. You act like the DA wasn't maintaining a conviction rate AND keeping the streets safe.

images.usatoday.com

/approves
www.bet.com

//has been justified
 
2010-02-28 11:58:27 PM
The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.
 
2010-02-28 11:59:55 PM
even if he was innocent of that particular rape, I am sure he was guilty of some crime and still got what he deserved.

Where there is smoke there is fire.
 
2010-03-01 12:00:09 AM
Queensowntalia: Yep, this. You can bet he isn't the first nor last to be unjustly slain by the state.

But hey its best the innocent be murdered then the guilty remain alive, eh!!!!


You do understand that he was not executed?
 
2010-03-01 12:01:54 AM
FTA:
"Johnson was already in prison for another rape, and he confessed after the statute of limitations for the 1985 rape had expired"

Well, at least he didn't admit to it before that like everyone on that show The First 48. If some of them could just live with a murder on their conscience, they'd walk out of the interrogators room innocent.... until they found some DNA ....or semen.
 
2010-03-01 12:04:06 AM
Tim Cole: Veteran; Masked Rider. Searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now when Tim Cole grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a rape and murder he didn't commit. Tim Cole is believed to be dead, and he must let the world think that he is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.
 
2010-03-01 12:04:39 AM
"Oh. I thought you guys were talking about this other rape."

"You do know we're the police, right?"
 
2010-03-01 12:05:20 AM
Jakevol2: even if he was innocent of that particular rape, I am sure he was guilty of some crime and still got what he deserved.

Where there is smoke there is fire.


If he would have just worked the program, he would be alive today.
 
2010-03-01 12:05:45 AM
Is this the guy that took the fall for Glen Beck?
 
2010-03-01 12:07:05 AM
Mr. Horse: The US System of Justice is infallible, and we have never executed an innocent man.

No one in the entire US has ever said that or even believes it. Do you think your opposition is stupid? Because certainly there's at least one idiot in the scenario.
 
2010-03-01 12:08:07 AM
bigjournalism.com

Approves
 
2010-03-01 12:08:08 AM
NightOwl2255: Jakevol2: even if he was innocent of that particular rape, I am sure he was guilty of some crime and still got what he deserved.

Where there is smoke there is fire.

If he would have just worked the program, he would be alive today.


this has nothing to do with addiction your farking idiot.
 
2010-03-01 12:09:13 AM
Fano:

Twenty five years ago, a crack commando was sent to prison by a military court for a crime he didn't commit. This man promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, he survives as a soldier of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire... Tim Cole?
 
2010-03-01 12:10:29 AM
Well that makes it all better then.
 
2010-03-01 12:10:43 AM
Killer Cars: I read the headline as "man dies after thirteen years OF prison rape...", and my arsehole puckered.

Same here. Anal trauma.
 
2010-03-01 12:11:26 AM
CelesX: Can someone explain to me why there's a statute of limitation on rape cases, especially with DNA to test?

/serious question


because she had it coming?

/runs
 
2010-03-01 12:11:28 AM
Now that's just sappy here. Will the message be sent to God?
 
2010-03-01 12:12:20 AM
Fon_Win: This is why i'm opposed to the death penalty. Mind you, i think child rapists and premeditated murderers deserve to die. I just question the ability of our justice system to convict the right person.

So what's the alternative? Put them in jail for 30-50 years? Right now they get thrown on death row for a good dozen or so years. You think you're going to walk right out of that without your entire life farked up?

If you're sure enough to subject someone to decades in prison you're sure enough to execute him. Torturer or executioner, you're not more moral one way than the other.
 
2010-03-01 12:12:55 AM
I like rape.
 
2010-03-01 12:13:03 AM
Please, try and understand:

We're the government.
These things happen.
 
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