Correction: Tim Cole-Memorial story – SFGate
Cole was convicted in 1985 of raping a fellow Texas Tech student. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 1999, he died from complications from asthma.
A state judge in 2009 ordered the record cleared after a two-day hearing that included DNA evidence and a confession from a Texas prison inmate who was already serving a 99-year sentence for rape.
SF Gate misspelled Tim Cole’s brother’s name, and corrected it, but they didn’t correct their story.
The actual rapist that Tim was serving time for had come forward repeatedly while Tim was still alive.
Tim is dead because an astonishing number of public servants are more interested in saving face than they are in justice.
They don’t care if innocent lives are lost.
The mainstream media makes it incredibly easy for those vile public servants to keep their reputations, their jobs, their pensions, their accumulated assets, even though their work products were heinous frauds on the public.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if an autopsy revealed that Tim had absolutely no asthma medication in his system at the time of his death … I’m all too familiar with corrections employees withholding life-saving medications.
Erecting a statue does nothing to honor Tim Cole’s life. Only prosecuting those that rushed to prosecute Tim based on next to nothing as well as those that willfully ignored the actual rapist’s initial confessions would serve that purpose (and perhaps those who may have willfully withheld medication).
Fred McKinley’s book should be mentioned in any news article about Tim. Without that book, Tim’s story would have been swept entirely under the carpet, not just enough under the carpet to keep horrid public servants on the job to do further harm.