Innocent man convicted of rape, dies in prison

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    (CNN) -- A Texas district court judge Friday reversed the conviction of a man who died in prison nearly a decade ago, almost two decades into a prison sentence for a rape he swore he did not commit, CNN affiliate KXAN reported.

    Timothy Cole died in prison while serving a sentence for a rape DNA tests show he did not commit.

    Timothy Cole was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1985 rape of 20-year-old Michele Mallin. He maintained his innocence, but it was not confirmed by DNA until years after his 1999 death, when another inmate confessed to the rape.

    Texan who died in prison cleared of rape conviction - CNN.com
     
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    That's a very very sad story.

    "But there was one detail: Mallin told police her attacker was a smoker. "He was smoking the entire time."
    Cole, who suffered from severe asthma, "was never a smoker," said his brother, Cory Session. "He took daily medications [for asthma] when he was younger."
    "He was the sacrificial lamb. To them, my brother was the Tech rapist, there was no backtracking. It was the trial of the decade for Lubbock."
     
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    In Texas, as long as you look the part... black skin... black skin.... must be a negro... yeah, he raped her!
     
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    Doesn't surprise me one bit.
     
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    Very sad.

    He declined a plea bargain offer that would have put him on probation... Wow. That was a big mistake. Our justice system favors those who can make the best argument. He either should have been better represented or swallowed his pride. Based on what I've read, he didn't sound very intelligent. All the more reason to get good legal representation. Of course, that costs money...
     
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    Thank God for DNA.

    Look how long JonBenet Ramsey's parents were suspects until they found someone else's DNA on her body.
     
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    Actually, death is a better alternative. Even put on probation he would have been labeled a sex offender and would never be allowed to live a normal life. But by fighting it the case can be reopened and once found innocent he could have had the whole thing overturned and gotten his name taken off the list. The problem is that if someone takes a plea bargain their names are stuck on the sex offender registry, it's like admitting to some crime even if not the one convicted of. It's the primary reason I think the registered sex offender list is a bad idea, it doesn't protect people really (a false sense of security is not true security) and only places the few who are actually innocent in danger of "witch hunts" ... or something like this case will occur.
     
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    Many courts still resist DNA evidence and will often work to make it inadmissible. If they would only stop fighting it, it is the best tool in catching criminals and avoiding mistakes like this.
     
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    There is no damn reason DNA evidence in cases like this ought not to be mandatory.

    The real problem here isn't so much racism as it is that neither the defense attorney or the prosecutor are truly interested in the truth. They are interested in winning and losing and the truth becomes just another innocent bystander, the victim of collateral damage. The only profession that truly needs to be nationalized is the legal profession at least as regards criminal proceedings.

    Kitten the sex offender registry didn't exist at the time that man was convicted.
     
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    Provide evidence of this claim. Or is this another one of your " I just said it for effect" stories?
     

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