TX Judge Sharon Keller, Richard Hatch, and the Lockerbie Bomber

Posted: August 20, 2009 in News Articles
The list of BS keeps mounting this week.
 
First off, Texas Court of Appeals Chief Justice Sharon "Killer" Keller, who closed her court before a death row inmate could file an appeal plans to testify at the ethics trial where she faces charges that could end her career.
 
 
The fact this woman is on trial for misconduct is obviously not BS. It’s what she did to get herself there, and I truly hope she is removed from the bench with a quickness.
 
Judge Keller is famously known for ruling against releasing a man convicted of rape because DNA tests showed the semen wasn’t his.
 
"The girl was known to be promiscuous," the chief judge wrote, even though that was nowhere in the record. "What’s more, the convict may have worn a condom," she wrote.

Some of the jurors said they wouldn’t have convicted the man under the new evidence, but not Chief Judge Sharon Keller. Her standard was, "He might have done it."

 
Judge Keller is now on trial herself nearly two years after refusing to keep the court open past 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2007, with Michael Wayne Richard’s execution imminent and his lawyers scrambling to file an appeal.
 
Richard was executed hours later.
 
In 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the execution of the mentally retarded, and there’s compelling evidence that Michael Richard was mentally retarded. All attorneys are prohibited from coercing witnesses. However, after the state’s psychological expert provided under oath that Michael Richard was mentally retarded, that same psychological expert changed his mind after what appeared to be coercion from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
 
It’s reprehensible that the 5th Circuit Court felt that a 62 IQ deficit in most of the 10 adaptive skill areas and onset before age 18 didn’t provide prima facie evidence of mental retardation. But it’s even more reprehensible because the 5th Circuit allowed Texas Death Row inmate Kenneth Wayne Thomas (IQ 67, two adaptive behavior deficits, onset before age 18) permission to file a full mental retardation appeal in the federal courts.
 
Where’s the judicial consistency?
 
 
 
Moving on to Richard Hatch, the first Survivor show winner.
 
Being familiar with cases of prosecutorial misconduct, I’m inclined to pay more attention to Hatch’s case in light of him being arrested after his interview with Matt Lauer. Check out the story.
 
 
And last but definitely not least…
 
 
Scotland freed the Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds Thursday, allowing the terminally ill man to die in his homeland of Libya and rejecting American pleas for justice in the attack that killed 270 people.
 
Sounds like there’s some Scottish officials that need some bagpipes shoved up their ass!
 
 
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