ACW Posted November 4, 2011 Share Posted November 4, 2011 http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2011/11/tomorrow_dallas_da_craig_watki.php#more Via theagitator.com ]On April 30, 1992, Dale Lincoln Duke was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Four months later, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and its Conviction Integrity Unit, Duke waived his right to a jury trial and entered a plea of no contest. But throughout, he refused to confess to the crime — in court, then again during sex offender treatment, a stipulation of his deferred adjudication. And so, in 1997, Duke was sent to prison for 20 years. But, according to the DA’s office today, one year after Duke went to prison, the county learned that the complaining witness had recanted… In 2010, says Watkins’s office, Duke came back to the district attorney with further evidence showing that “the person initially reporting the incident did not believe the complaining witness was truthful.”… All of which leads to this: Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Judge Susan Hawk’s courtroom at the George Allen, Watkins’s office will ask the judge to find Duke innocent and release him from prison. Says Watkins, “The original prosecutor’s failure to provide critical information to the defendant coupled with overwhelming evidence that the initial allegations were false, convinced me that Mr. Duke was wrongfully convicted. After a thorough review of the case, I approved a recommendation to ask the court to exonerate Mr. Duke.” Amazing. You have scum like the DA in the Skinner case who seems to be rushing the execution to avoide DNA testing on one hand; on the other you have good guys like DA Watkins (he's also worked with The Innocence Project) who understand that a prosecutor should seek JUSTICE. More like him please :applause: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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