Court Stays Hank Skinner Texecution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Hank Skinner. Skinner has requested DNA testing to prove his innocence and the court said it needed more time to consider a newly revised state law on DNA testing.

"Because the DNA statute has changed, and because some of those changes were because of this case, we find that it would be prudent for this Court to take time to fully review the changes in the statute as they pertain to this case," the Texas criminal appeals court wrote in a two-page stay order.

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    This is good news (none / 0) (#1)
    by sj on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 03:32:15 PM EST
    Although it feels exhausting just to read about it.  I've never understood the lengths some prosecutors will go to shut down further investigation.  If they are so sure they're right, then why not allow all evidence to come to light?

    Because "Doin' right ain't got no end." (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rojas on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 07:26:31 PM EST
    This is an evangelical mission. Way past win at all costs. It transcends parties. Hell, the hillbilly messiah was probably one of the most effective circuit riders. Prosecution 101... get you some!