Tuesday Open Thread | Sometimes Justice Prevails, Even Though Delayed

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

By Keri Blakinger

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.


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86 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Sometimes Justice Prevails, Even Though Delayed

  1. Sheriff Clarke has been ditched by Fox News was repeatedly blocked from getting a position in the Trump administration.


    • vitaminlover says:

      That’s so funny. I am still not impressed with faux.

    • majiir says:

      He got exactly what he deserved. He spent so much time sniffing the butts of members of the far right that it seems to have clouded his judgment about what many of them really think about him, which is, bottom line he’s just another N-clang to them.

  2. TRUTH! @TheDemocrats have been exposed. Their prejudice and racism can’t be contained. It oozes out. I’m glad it’s being exposed so I know who I’m dealing with. @IlhanMN has peeled back the covers on their ass.


    • majiir says:

      I happen to agree with what Rep. Ilhan said about America’s official relationship with Israel. She was correct when she noted that quite a few Americans feel an allegiance to support Israel no matter what human rights abuses the nation commits against Palestinians. This is a fact, a fact the U.S. government needs to acknowledge, a fact that needs to be addressed and debated in public. Ms.Ilhan’s comments aren’t indicative of anti-Semitism but are an indictment of America and Israel’s acceptance of human rights abuses while portraying themselves to the world as nations that are bastions of freedom and equality when they’re not.

  3. Liza says:

    If the Democrats want to be the party embracing 21st century diversity, then they need to do it 100 percent and without hypocrisy. This really ticks me off…

  4. rikyrah says:

    I love Ted Lieu 😍😍🤗🤗👏👏

    Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) Tweeted:
    .@RepDonBeyer & I have made a criminal referral of Jared Kushner to @TheJusticeDept.

    Making false statements or omitting material info on SF-86 security form is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. More info at @politico huddle. Here’s the letter:

     https://t.co/yq4H1zbhux. https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1102939058966274049?s=17

  5. rikyrah says:

    NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) Tweeted:
    An NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal aid after a natural disaster than minorities and those with less wealth.

    https://t.co/jxOa30cY50 https://twitter.com/nprpolitics/status/1102960711460765696?s=17

  6. rikyrah says:

    Game Over: McConnell Concedes Pelosi Has Outmaneuvered Trump on Border Wall

    News crossed the wires last night that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has conceded the battle to stop a Congressional resolution to disapprove of – and end – Donald Trump’s fake border emergency.

    Four senate Republicans have now announced that they will vote with Democrats to block Trump’s move, and that puts the count at 51, enough to pass. As I explained on the day of Trump’s illegal emergency declaration, the Senate’s usual 60-vote threshold for ending debate on legislation doesn’t apply to Congressional review of presidential declarations under the National Emergencies Act. McConnell also does not have his usual power over the Senate calendar, since the law requires the remaining body in Congress to act within 18 days of one body passing such a resolution.

    The House passed its resolution blocking Trump’s declaration a week ago.

    Trump is expected to veto the resolution, of course, and there does not appear to be enough votes to overturn it. However, such a veto will mark the first time Trump has ever had to exercise that power, underlining the defeat of Mitch McConnell, who, until now, has always managed to scuttle legislation that Trump didn’t like, whether or not it had enough votes to pass. With this vote, for a moment at least, Congress will have stopped relinquishing its power to write and pass legislation to the president. For the first time in Trump’s time at the White House, both and his lackeys in Congress are powerless to stop something from getting to his desk.

  7. You have to CALL OUT these mofos on their hypocrisy.


    YOU need to do better. And remove the log from your own eye. Criticizing Israel’s policies is not anti-Semitic. Where are your tweets condemning @SteveKingIA @GOPLeader & @Jim_Jordan?

    Lastly, where is your tweet denouncing Richard Spencer’s racist hate? Too busy coddling. STFU

  8. Fugg Jeff Ballabon 40 ways to Sunday! How’s that?


  9. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : March 5, 2019

    Leviathan: noun luh-VYE-uh-thun

    1 a often capitalized Leviathan : a sea monster defeated by Yahweh in various scriptural accounts

    b : a large sea animal

    2 capitalized Leviathan : the political state; especially : a totalitarian state having a vast bureaucracy

    3 : something large or formidable

  10. rikyrah says:

    Regina chained herself to herself. (@ReginaA1981) Tweeted:
    I’m buying a 5 year subscription to the first news organization that asks Bernie the name of the woman he was chained to. #VettingBernie https://twitter.com/ReginaA1981/status/1102614276865490950?s=17

  11. rikyrah says:

    Trevor Supports Actual Democrats (@TPVTrevor) Tweeted:
    Friendly reminder that while @BernieSanders is in Selma today, he has ignored black allies and activists in Vermont for 30 years. #VettingBernie

    https://t.co/au0AFAFKNL https://twitter.com/TPVTrevor/status/1102246826080636928?s=17

  12. rikyrah says:

    Carol Silver (@Teach3ca) Tweeted:
    Deadbeat Dad: How Bernie’s Craven Political Ambition Kept Him from Supporting His Young Child https://t.co/1cREawsfyH https://twitter.com/Teach3ca/status/1102397823599984641?s=17

  13. rikyrah says:

    (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) Tweeted:
    STILL waiting to talk about Palestinians. Can we now talk about Netanyahu’s settlement construction or that my Palestinian family lives under occupation? Or that my Palestinian grandmother’s land was taken and turned into a settlement?

    https://t.co/gRcEu1wjVf #IStandWithIlhan https://twitter.com/DeanObeidallah/status/1102761728343969792?s=17

  14. rikyrah says:

    Da phuq?😡

    Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) Tweeted:
    Republicans just advanced the judicial nomination of 36 year-old Allison Jones Rushing for the 4th Circuit (NC). She has practiced law for just 9 years, only tried 4 cases to verdict or judgment in her career (none as lead counsel), and isn’t even a member of the NC bar. https://twitter.com/SenatorDurbin/status/1102712202711236610?s=17

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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