Friday, April 07, 2006

Clarifying the News

The A.P. story that is being picked up EVERYWHERE is reporting that Mr. Conner's attorneys will be asking the Governor for DNA testing on May 2, at the clemency hearing. A not so close reading of the letter actually reveals that the letter itself is asking for the Governor's assistance to secure DNA testing, and in fact says clearly that will "his attorneys will not petition for clemency, nor will we appear on his behalf at a clemency hearing until a DNA test is conducted and the results are returned."

The way the press has picked this up implies that the legal team is willing to wait until May 2nd. This misconception plays right into the idea that this is only an attempt to delay the executation. A central part of the effort to secure testing has always been, "do it now and nothing gets delayed."

46 Duke students can be tested in a week. How long could it take to do just one?


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