Governor Perry will need more than a “Christian” rally to get him past the Pearly Gates if he doesn’t address the 2,000+ Texas criminal investigations that charlatan dog handler Keith Pikett participated in, especially if he continues to sign death warrants on clouded convictions as though furnishing his misguided followers with autographed mementoes.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: August 10, 2011 12:12:50 AM EDT
Cc: ASKDOJ <askdoj></askdoj>
Subject: Clemency for Steven Woods #999427
Dear Members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole,
I am writing to ask that you recognize and immediately react to the flaw in the Texas legal system that makes it lawful (although unconstitutional) to execute an innocent.
Steven Woods is scheduled to be executed on September 13th although Marcus Rhodes – after receiving a life sentence for the homicides – freely admitted to having acted alone. There is no forensic evidence tying Woods to the crimes.
The prosecutors – confident of their lawful (although unconstitutional) immunity from prosecution for misconduct – falsely claimed that Woods had sexually abused his youngest brother, tortured the family dog, set off homemade bombs on a neighbor’s porch and practiced Satanism. Satanism is apparently a popular false claim in Texas; it was also leveled at Cameron “Todd” Willingham, who was innocent when executed according to legitimate fire forensics experts.
Charlatan dog handler Keith Pikett participated in over Texas 2,000 criminal investigations with his goofy paint cans, and all attempts to date have been to preserve public servants’ self-tarnished reputations, not the rights of the accused to fair trials.
Timothy Cole’s posthumous Texas exoneration proved that it’s the coldest form of comfort imaginable. Cole’s prison death was preventable – his asthma was easily controlled by inhalers. Every day that y’all delay addressing having more clouded convictions than any other state puts more families at risk of having only that coldest form of comfort, if any comfort at all … families that pay your wages and provide your benefits, as well as the wages and benefits of those in Washington, D.C. entrusted to ensure the availability of justice, without exception.
Steven Woods’ teenage sons deserve to have their father home. Please grant Woods clemency immediately.