Sixth Amendment: Rights of the Accused in Criminal Prosecutions
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him [emphasis added]; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
This is how Gannett [@Gannett, https://twitter.com/Gannett] bills itself on Twitter:
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I think Gannett is closer to generations long past than they are to the next generation, as Gannett’s Florida Today doesn’t even believe that people should have a right to be confronted with the witnesses against them.
That’s a pre Bill of Rights mindset. Perhaps even medieval.
I had countered Florida Today spin about the false convictions of Wilton Dedge and William Dillon in letters to Florida Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist and other public servants. Both were exonerated (2004, 2008, respectively). In my efforts to try and help exonerate Jeffrey Abramowski, I provided Jeff with a printout from a government website that directly contradicted “expert” DNA trial testimony against him.
Only two loci out of a 15 loci test were a match from Jeff to the crime scene DNA, and the expert based his testimony on just one of those two loci.
The expert claimed that a result of 17.3 at the D18S51 loci was unique, making Jeff clearly a killer. The information from the federal website I’d send to Jeff stated that 17.3 at D18S51 was about as unique as a head cold among males in paternity tests, not even identifying Jeff as Jeff, let alone a killer … there was no other forensic evidence against him, after all.
Florida Today – upon whose turf Jeff was framed – interviewed him and then claimed they had found a second source – an anonymous DNA expert – who confirmed the DNA trial testimony against Jeff.
To counter Florida Today‘s nonsense I now offer this, from Stanford University’s Dr. Barry Starr, non-anonymously:
In our experience about half the time when there are only two non-matching loci on a 15 loci test, the man is the father of the child. We require a minimum of 4 non-matching loci in order to declare that a man is not the father of a child. [emphasis added]
According to Stanford’s Dr. Starr – publicly, not anonymously – the DNA results being touted as proof that Jeff is a killer don’t even prove Jeff’s son could be the killer, let alone Jeff … 13 out of 15 NON-MATCHING loci isn’t DNA confirmation of ANYTHING.
NOT. A. THING.
A Stanford University professor confirmed what I’ve previously published about Jeff’s DNA test. Only Florida Today‘s Mr. (or Ms.) Nobody confirms what Brevard County’s nasty officers, prosecutors and judges want the public to believe.
The Innocence Project of Florida seems at a loss in helping Jeff. That’s no surprise. They’re at a loss at helping many obviously innocent men who were framed in Brevard.
This state of affairs seems to have something to do with the conflicted nature of the IPoF’s biggest funders – the Florida Bar Association and the federal government – as well as the conflicted composition of their board, which includes a past president of the American Bar Association and a former FBI agent (conflicted in that Bar associations are tasked with addressing prosecutorial misconduct, and conflicted in that the FBI is tasked with seeking indictments of public servants who fail to keep us from harm, including when police, prosecutors and judges commit deliberate misconduct, as they’ve certainly done in Jeff’s case).
I’ve blogged repeatedly about Jeff, including accounts of officer Gary Harrell’s failed attempts (plural) to solicit coached jailhouse informant testimony against Jeff. Richard Mair refused to lie on the stand in trade for a “walk,” and it may have cost him his life. Richard provided Jeff with a sworn statement about what happened. Afterwards, he was treated brutally in Florida prisons, and took his own life.
Before Richard took himself out, he tried to help out his fellow inmates … non-anonymously. Accounts of that additional bravery appear elsewhere on my blog, and can be found entering Richard’s name in the search window.