Thank you to SG2 for pointing out this case.
Sometimes, the truth does come out.
I was always skeptical of the Death Penalty, because, like so much of the American Justice System, it was doled out on a skewed anti-Black basis.
But, I came out completely against it because of the fact that I live in Illinois, the state where it was found that 12 men, on DEATH ROW, were actually INNOCENT of the crime that they committed.
Think on that. We had a Death Row stacked with folks THAT DIDN’T DO THE CRIME.
ONCE, is an abomination..
Two, is beyond thought..
But, for sure – TWELVE?
That’s not a hiccup in the system…That’s a system that’s COMPLETELY BROKEN.
So, they can miss me, down in Texas, for not taking absolute full responsibility for destroying this man’s life.
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/District-Attorney-to-make-announcement-in-13655283.php”>Special prosecutor finds Alfred Brown ‘actually innocent’ in cop killer case
Updated 1:53 pm CST, Friday, March 1, 2019
More than 15 years after a south Houston cop killing landed him on death row, the final report is in: Alfred Brown is actually innocent.
The news came Friday as part of a sweeping review authored by special prosecutor John Raley, who started investigating the Brown case last year at the behest of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
My obligation as an advocate is not to tell people what they want to hear but to tell them the truth,” Ogg told a scrum of reporters gathered on the ground floor of the district attorney’s office.
The explosive findings from special counsel offer far more than a simple take on Brown’s guilt or innocence. The painstaking nearly 200-page report – compiled over the course of 10 months – also delves into alternate theories of the case, outlines possible other suspects, details more extensive problems with the grand jury than previously reported and delves into questions about what embattled former prosecutor Dan Rizzo knew and when he knew it.
“It is impossible to examine the conviction of Alfred Dewayne Brown without confronting prosecutorial misconduct,” Raley wrote. “ADA Daniel Rizzo presided over a Grand Jury that abusively manipulated witnesses to supply evidence for a chosen narrative. He was provided notice of the existence and meaning of exculpatory evidence, failed to produce it to the defense and avoided it during trial. Further investigation of his conduct is warranted.”
The scathing report comes two months after the State Bar of Texas tossed a disciplinary complaint against the retired lawyer, apparently determining there wasn’t enough information at the time to determine he’d done anything wrong.
Following the 2003 double murder that started it all, Brown was sent to death row in 2005. Ten years later, he was set free when the evidence not turned over at trial – phone records that seemed to confirm an alibi – finally surfaced after a police officer discovered the material in his home garage.
But even after he left death row and settled into a new post-prison life, his case turned into a political hot potato as police and prosecutors struggled with whether Brown was truly innocent of the crime. The lack of an “actual innocence” declaration made him ineligible for state compensation, a fact that pushed his lawyers to sue the district attorney and the county in the hope of finding a different way to get money for the years wrongfully spent behind bars.
Those involved in his conviction should be charged.
They should be made to resign their jobs, if they’re still on the job.
OF COURSE, this man should be compensated for his time behind bars.