In the wake of Dallas County DA Craig Watkins' highly productive campaign with the Innocence Project to reverse wrongful convictions, which has already resulted in 17 men being exonerated in Dallas County, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson is renewing his call for a state commission to investigate wrongful convictions:
"What better way to spend public dollars than to make sure the innocent doesn't go to jail?" Jefferson, who leads the state's top civil court, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Sharon Keller, who presides over the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, is giving her qualified endorsement to the idea of a state commission, provided that it doesn't duplicate work already being done elsewhere.
So you'd think that this idea would be a slam-dunk, right? Think again. Enter Texas Governor
Louis XVI Rick Perry, who opposes the idea:
Gov. Rick Perry doesn't think that a commission is needed, said spokeswoman Allison Castle. She said Perry supports a better system for providing attorneys to poor criminal defendants, and favors post-conviction DNA testing.
"He is committed to providing a fair criminal justice system. But the governor's sentiment is that we don't need another layer of bureaucracy," Castle said.
Yeah, sure, we'd all like to see innocent people being released from prison. But if we spend money on big-gub'mint, tax-and-spend, bleeding-heart socialistic ideas like that, there would be less money available for Greg Abbott to investigate the literally tens of cases statewide of minor technical violations of electoral law. And what then? Who will protect us from the pernicious threat of people putting incorrect return addresses on the envelopes that they use to submit absentee ballots on behalf of the elderly and disabled? Come on, people, these Democratic voters aren't going to suppress themselves!