Re: Leading Off, DNA Business

Trey: We all want to see justice done, but I think you’ve succumbed to the Craig Watkins spin machine. First, the use of DNA testing in criminal trials is a fairly recent phenomenon, as I understand it. Second, to portray tough but effective former prosecutors (like Henry Wade) as renegades who were out for “conviction at all costs” is neither fair nor accurate. But it does burnish the current D.A.’s heroic storyline.

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13 responses to “Re: Leading Off, DNA Business”

  1. Jackson Walker says:

    Awww… Was Trey unfair to Wade? What a terrible slight! It’s almost as bad as spending years and years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit.

  2. Daniel says:

    Poor Henry Wade! Take back your mean words, Trey. Remember, it’s a thin blue line between journalism and character assassination.

  3. Parker says:

    Hard-hitting post from Glenn “Tow the Line” Hunter.

  4. Parker says:

    Hard-hitting post from Glenn “Toe the Line” Hunter.

  5. Daniel says:

    Hard-hitting journalism from Glenn “Kiss Toe to Power” Hunter.

  6. Bethany says:

    I feel bad for Henry Wade now. I’ll give HIM my rebate check.

  7. Greg T says:

    Well put. Henry Wade’s prosecutors didn’t have DNA in the 70’s and early 80’s. They didn’t ingnore it. Get your facts straight

  8. Bethany says:

    DNA is what is being used to correct a conviction of someone who was incarcerated based on faulty evidence.

    I think we’re missing the point here. It’s not that DNA matching was unavailable in 1982, it’s the methods used in trying these cases that is causing the review in the first place.

    If you look at each of those cases – the DMN has a brief overview of each of the 15 exonerated so far, you can see the problems.
    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/longterm/stories/010308dnmet14cases.312a9d5.html

  9. Lakewooder says:

    At least ol’ Henry paid his taxes and bar dues.

  10. Long Memory says:

    At least these people are alive to tell what happened to them. I wonder if we’ll ever know how many innocent people Henry Wade and his gang sent to Ol’ Sparky?

  11. Dallas Denizen says:

    Mr. Wade was a good man. He had a wonderful wife and raised a good family. I saw him many times as I went to school with his kids. There seems to be some sort of veiled reference that he was a racist. If so why did he send his kids to and participate in our very diverse schools here in Lakewood?

    It would have been very easy to join the white flight, but he didn’t. How many of you critics send your kids to your Dallas school?

  12. Trey Garrison says:

    Henry Wade was a prosecutor who trains his attorneys to exclude blacks, Jews, Hispanics and women from jury pools.

    How on earth could someone take that as racist?

  13. Bob says:

    Didn’t the various juries have some role in these convictions?