Another Man to be Executed in Texas in a few days Without DNA testing, Witnesses have Recanted

Here we go again, just like Troy Davis, Hank Skinner is scheduled to die with only days to live. November 9 is his execution date and he has been on death row since 1995. The star witness has recanted her testimony and others have implicated another man as the murderer of Skinner’s girlfriend and her two adult sons.

Skinner has requested a DNA test to be conducted on all of the evidence, however, the request has been denied.  Of course, this is in Rick Perry’s ‘hang ’em high’ Texas.

During his trial, the prosecution conducted DNA tests on the clothes Skinner was wearing, but for some reason decided against testing the rest of the evidence at hand, which includes a rape kit, the murder weapons, several hairs clutched in his girlfriend’s hand and a bloody windbreaker that strongly resembles that of the man accused by others as being the real killer.

The death penalty was established as a crime deterrent but only if the accused is guilty is beyond a reasonable doubt. The justice system has failed previously and will fail again in the future. History is repeating itself and the outcome may be determined after the typical partisan bickering which seems to prevail over our justice system, but time is short and a man’s innocence has yet to be determined through science.

Change.org:

The Gray County District Attorney’s office has neglected to order these tests for more than a decade without consequences. By signing this petition, you can let members of that office know that their actions are being watched, and that it is unacceptable to send a potentially innocent man to his death without collecting all the relevant evidence.

What you can do now:

Change.org has a petition posted. I don’t feel optimistic about petitions after witnessing the global outcry requesting a stay of execution for Troy Davis which ended instead in his death, courtesy of the State — but if we do not act, we are as guilty as the executioners. What the following petition addressed to Governor Perry is asking is strictly for the DNA testing to be conducted. One would think DNA testing is no-brainer but our justice system seems to be lost in Bizarro World. Are we asking too much of Texas to make certain through a simple scientific procedure that they do not allow a  possibly innocent man to be killed by their hands?

The petition letter:

 

Withdraw Execution Warrant and Grant DNA Testing to Hank Skinner

Dear Governor Perry,

This year, the Texas legislators approved new standards for crime labs, compensation for the exonerated and revised statutes for post-conviction DNA. You signed those bills into law in order to improve and scrutinize a criminal justice system in need of reform. Considering that DNA testing has exonerated 275 prisoners in the United-States since 1989, including 43 in Texas, the overwhelming vote, both in the House and the Senate, in favor of the revised post-conviction DNA statute certainly is a welcome addition to the ongoing reforms you are supporting.

You signed SB122 into law on June 17, 2011. This bill is intended to ensure that if DNA evidence is available to prove someone’s innocence, it can and will be tested. This revised post-conviction DNA law was authored and sponsored by legislators who strongly supported the bill for people like Hank Skinner who is set for execution on November 9, 2011.

We urge you to uphold the very standards you are promoting as part of a very much needed criminal justice reform and we ask you to demand the withdrawal of the execution warrant and that DNA testing be granted to Mr. Skinner in the best possible time. We trust you to do the right thing for justice and for the truth in Texas, before it is too late.

Respectfully yours,

[Your name]

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  • Anon

    Your font is retarded and i can’t read anything. That is all.

    • Concerned Anon

      someday, you’ll learn to read.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, the teeny tiny font is very inaccessible to people with sight issues.

        • Intelligent Anon

          It’s apparently safe to say most of you don’t know how to increase font size within your browser…

          • Anonymous

            I actually do know how, the point is that I shouldn’t have to. Why would people not care about accessibility?

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            I’ve adjusted it now. My apologies. I thought everyone liked itsy bitsy teeny eye straining print. (I joke). I do hope it’s better.

        • Nia

          Seriously. Interesting article, fuck the font.

  • Anon

    Your font is retarded and i can’t read anything. That is all.

    • Concerned Anon

      someday, you’ll learn to read.

      • fadfad

        Actually, the teeny tiny font is very inaccessible to people with sight issues.

        • Intelligent Anon

          It’s apparently safe to say most of you don’t know how to increase font size within your browser…

          • fadfad

            I actually do know how, the point is that I shouldn’t have to. Why would people not care about accessibility?

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            I’ve adjusted it now. My apologies. I thought everyone liked itsy bitsy teeny eye straining print. (I joke). I do hope it’s better.

        • Nia

          Seriously. Interesting article, fuck the font.

  • novenator

    Texas: killing people under questionable circumstances since the state was founded.

    YEEEHAW!

  • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

    Texas: killing people under questionable circumstances since the state was founded.

    YEEEHAW!

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  • Brandonrutledge

    What recourse do I have to let authoritative figures know not to kill this man. I loved the article but no where does it say as a collective what we can do to save this man. How can we prevent this tragedy?

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      Did you sign the petition? That’s a start. I would recommend phoning, emailing & faxing Gov. Perry.

  • Brandonrutledge

    What recourse do I have to let authoritative figures know not to kill this man. I loved the article but no where does it say as a collective what we can do to save this man. How can we prevent this tragedy?

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      Did you sign the petition? That’s a start. I would recommend phoning, emailing & faxing Gov. Perry.

  • FUCK TEXAS

    fuck you texas you fucking retards

  • FUCK TEXAS

    fuck you texas you fucking retards

  • concerned

    This is outrageous, though i don’t know the facts of the case, DNA evidence when applicable should be mandatory, especially in this case. Someone in Texas or the USA please create some public pressure ASAP to ensure all possibilities of proving innocence are undertaken, or at the least raising doubts toward the guilty verdict. As i said i don’t know the facts, but if they are as cut and dry as this article makes them appear (available DNA evidence not being used) then fuck you texas…

  • concerned

    This is outrageous, though i don’t know the facts of the case, DNA evidence when applicable should be mandatory, especially in this case. Someone in Texas or the USA please create some public pressure ASAP to ensure all possibilities of proving innocence are undertaken, or at the least raising doubts toward the guilty verdict. As i said i don’t know the facts, but if they are as cut and dry as this article makes them appear (available DNA evidence not being used) then fuck you texas…

  • Santoniq

    seriously they have to make sure he dies now… just imagine the compensation they would have to pay if he is innocent… hopefully the internet forgets this shit and on nov 9, this person will go quietly…

  • Santoniq

    seriously they have to make sure he dies now… just imagine the compensation they would have to pay if he is innocent… hopefully the internet forgets this shit and on nov 9, this person will go quietly…

  • Apple

    fuck you texas and FUCK YOUR LONESTAR BEER

  • Apple

    fuck you texas and FUCK YOUR LONESTAR BEER

  • William Swartwood

    This makes me sick. Guilty until proven innocent in the fine state of Texas.

  • William Swartwood

    This makes me sick. Guilty until proven innocent in the fine state of Texas.

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    Another sacrifice. On 11/9/11 nonetheless.

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    Another sacrifice. On 11/9/11 nonetheless.

  • Shots33

    the crowds are chanting…D N A………D N A

  • Shots33

    the crowds are chanting…D N A………D N A

  • Megiddo

    If you aren’t addressing your petition to the Texas Board of Pardons, you are wasting your time.

    Perry can only grant pardons to criminals that have been granted Clemency by the Texas Board of Pardons.

    • wial

      the old “only following orders” defense, eh.

  • Megiddo

    If you aren’t addressing your petition to the Texas Board of Pardons, you are wasting your time.

    Perry can only grant pardons to criminals that have been granted Clemency by the Texas Board of Pardons.

    • wial

      the old “only following orders” defense, eh.

  • wial

    Seems like the degree of injustice is so high here it warrants an armed invasion of Texas to stop it, similar to the attack on Libya this spring to stop the genocide there.

  • wial

    Seems like the degree of injustice is so high here it warrants an armed invasion of Texas to stop it, similar to the attack on Libya this spring to stop the genocide there.

  • deadbird17

    A bunch of sociopaths. They are the furthest thing from the Christ that they claim to worship.

  • deadbird17

    A bunch of sociopaths. They are the furthest thing from the Christ that they claim to worship.

  • Johnnydogma

    was he convicted by a jury of his peers?

    • Sally

      What has that got to do with anything if all the evidence was not brought forward?

  • Johnnydogma

    was he convicted by a jury of his peers?

    • Sally

      What has that got to do with anything if all the evidence was not brought forward?

  • Sally

    I signed this yesterday and added a comment about my feelings about the death penalty (against God’s law) and part part time Gov. Perry (how can a good Christian such as he support this horror time after time?) You couldn’t pay me enough to live in Texas.

  • Sally

    I signed this yesterday and added a comment about my feelings about the death penalty (against God’s law) and part part time Gov. Perry (how can a good Christian such as he support this horror time after time?) You couldn’t pay me enough to live in Texas.

  • MendM

    not cool man i feel like crying

  • MendM

    not cool man i feel like crying

  • Hank

    Oh well. I guess I’m just an A.H. But you do realize the huge majority of evidence against Davis stood unchallenged and that is why his execution took place?

    The so called “recanted” testimony was questionable and was only a very small part of the wealth of evidence against him. And the process was reviewed by the SCOTUS on at least 3 or more occasions? Not to mention his appeals processes took place over the course of more than 20 years while his victim’s corpse lay rotting in a grave??

    I really haven’t looked into this case (not that MY looking into it matters) but these cases receive every legal scrutiny and process available. (As they should. Taking someone’s life is kinda final and irreversible.) And for the most part, all the legal processes take place at the expense of taxpayers that for the most part, tend to be mostly law abiding and don’t go around killing people.

    I do firmly believe though that the Death Penalty should NEVER be an option in Circumstantial Evidence Cases. But I bet you believe Scott Peterson deserves it?? :-)

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      It’s not a matter of whether Scott Peterson deserves it or not – it is a matter of still using a barbaric practice which should not apply if one man or woman was found to be possibly innocent after the State kills them. The death penalty has failed miserably if one innocent person is put to death, even if there’s only a glimmer of doubt.

  • Hank

    Oh well. I guess I’m just an A.H. But you do realize the huge majority of evidence against Davis stood unchallenged and that is why his execution took place?

    The so called “recanted” testimony was questionable and was only a very small part of the wealth of evidence against him. And the process was reviewed by the SCOTUS on at least 3 or more occasions? Not to mention his appeals processes took place over the course of more than 20 years while his victim’s corpse lay rotting in a grave??

    I really haven’t looked into this case (not that MY looking into it matters) but these cases receive every legal scrutiny and process available. (As they should. Taking someone’s life is kinda final and irreversible.) And for the most part, all the legal processes take place at the expense of taxpayers that for the most part, tend to be mostly law abiding and don’t go around killing people.

    I do firmly believe though that the Death Penalty should NEVER be an option in Circumstantial Evidence Cases. But I bet you believe Scott Peterson deserves it?? :-)

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      It’s not a matter of whether Scott Peterson deserves it or not – it is a matter of still using a barbaric practice which should not apply if one man or woman was found to be possibly innocent after the State kills them. The death penalty has failed miserably if one innocent person is put to death, even if there’s only a glimmer of doubt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Julie-Hamilton/585820533 Deborah Julie Hamilton

    How stupid can a State or human be………pernicious power, egalitarian evil without thought.

    • pogi

      Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people + EVIL=egalitarian evil! Makes sense doesn’t it??? geezus people… If you do not like what Texas is doing then do not got there, it is that simple. We are united states not carbon copies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Julie-Hamilton/585820533 Deborah Julie Hamilton

    How stupid can a State or human be………pernicious power, egalitarian evil without thought.

    • pogi

      Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people + EVIL=egalitarian evil! Makes sense doesn’t it??? geezus people… If you do not like what Texas is doing then do not got there, it is that simple. We are united states not carbon copies!

  • texashater

    how the hell are they bout to kill a guy with no dna and recanted witnesses dumb jurors and judges put them on death row for killing the innocent people

  • texashater

    how the hell are they bout to kill a guy with no dna and recanted witnesses dumb jurors and judges put them on death row for killing the innocent people

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