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Flashback This One's a Jaw Dropper
August 20, 2009
VIEW: An excerpt from our 2000 report, The Case for Innocence. The clip's a bit longer than usual -- but worth every second.
It's about the Roy Criner rape/murder case in Texas and why, despite the evidence from two DNA tests, Judge Sharon Keller, writing the majority opinion for the Texas Court of Appeals, rejected a new trial for Criner. The exchange at the end of the clip between Judge Keller and producer Ofra Bikel is fascinating.
Here's a piece in this month's Harper's Magazine on the mindset and logic of conservative judges like Keller who push for finality in the criminal justice system, despite evidence of innocence. The article twice cites Judge Keller's rulings.
Also, read here more about Criner's case, and its final outcome.