Saturday, October 21, 2006
There have been brief stories in the Houston Chronicle about an inmate on Texas death row for murder, Michael Dewayne Johnson, committing suicide before he could be executed. The quotes are from the victim's relatives lamenting they won't get to see him fry. In the middle of the stories is the detail that after cutting himself the prisoner used the blood from his dying body to scrawl "I am innocent." Omitted from the stories is that the prosecutors had a statement sworn in front of a judge of another man confessing to the murder and withheld this from the defense attorney and from the jury when this man testified that Johnson committed the murder.
What brought about this post, despite my desire to avoid posting today, was the several comments from readers in the Houston Chronicle ombudsman blog I just read about the strong and beyond dispute liberal bias of the Chronicle.