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Old Today, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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"Forensic experts claim there is no way Larry Swearingen raped and killed Melissa Trotter. The state is still putting him to death."

No words.

https://reason.com/2019/08/21/tonigh...-didnt-commit/
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Old Today, 10:18 AM
 
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"Forensic experts claim there is no way Larry Swearingen raped and killed Melissa Trotter. The state is still putting him to death."

No words.

https://reason.com/2019/08/21/tonigh...-didnt-commit/


you should have posted :


"Forensic experts" claim.... those quotation marks are ill placed in your post.


that dude is guilty as sin and everyone knows it.
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Old Today, 10:22 AM
 
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He was in prison for 19 years and had 6 stays and 5 appeals.
It's not like they execute a week after being convicted.
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Old Today, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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All his lawyer wants is to do the DNA test that was never done. Why would Texas object to that if he is "guilty as sin"?

This is the problem with capital murder cases - it is a big career boost for a DA to get a high profile murder conviction. These ends up being a conflict of interest between ensuring justice is served and getting a major career boost. It is no wonder the DA doesn't want someone to have his conviction overturned. It would be a career killer for him. So he let's the guy be executed even though the evidence is pretty flimsy.
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Old Today, 10:54 AM
 
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All his lawyer wants is to do the DNA test that was never done. Why would Texas object to that if he is "guilty as sin"?

This is the problem with capital murder cases - it is a big career boost for a DA to get a high profile murder conviction. These ends up being a conflict of interest between ensuring justice is served and getting a major career boost. It is no wonder the DA doesn't want someone to have his conviction overturned. It would be a career killer for him. So he let's the guy be executed even though the evidence is pretty flimsy.
Has it been the same DA over the past 20 years ?
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Old Today, 10:54 AM
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Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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I'm going to need a more neutral source detailing things before I pass judgement against the verdict.
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Old Today, 10:56 AM
Status: "Proud American, Always and Forever" (set 17 days ago)
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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All his lawyer wants is to do the DNA test that was never done. Why would Texas object to that if he is "guilty as sin"?

This is the problem with capital murder cases - it is a big career boost for a DA to get a high profile murder conviction. These ends up being a conflict of interest between ensuring justice is served and getting a major career boost. It is no wonder the DA doesn't want someone to have his conviction overturned. It would be a career killer for him. So he let's the guy be executed even though the evidence is pretty flimsy.
Because its re-litigating a case that was already decided. Now, if unique evidence comes up that would alter the verdict, I'm all for taking a look at it. But mere "claims" that something will do something I'm not sold on disturbing the jury verdict for.
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Old Today, 10:56 AM
 
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I'm going to need a more neutral source detailing things before I pass judgement against the verdict.
There's plenty out there..he's been on Death Row since 2000.
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Old Today, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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Because its re-litigating a case that was already decided. Now, if unique evidence comes up that would alter the verdict, I'm all for taking a look at it. But mere "claims" that something will do something I'm not sold on disturbing the jury verdict for.
They are not asking to overturn the conviction, they are asking to test the rape kit for DNA. If that comes back exculpatory then they would ask for for the conviction to be set aside.
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Old Today, 11:06 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I have some words. He was last seen talking to the girl. He had a history of violence against women. Her leggings were sound on his property. Her school papers were found at his mother’s house. Her hair was found in his truck. His cell phone hit off a tower near where he dumped her body, 70 miles away. He staged a break in to hide evidence. He tried to get another person on death row ti confess and told him details of the killing not released to the public. He’s guilty.
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