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Re Thomas Arthur
Dear Governor Riley:
It has come to my attention that you are considering ordering
of material related to Arthur’s conviction; I urge you to order it,
and if you have no authority to do so, urge a court to order the
The testing involved was not fully developed at the time of
Arthur was not able to get this testing before, and no lawyer
during the time for
With a claim of innocence that is plausible, the DNA testing
in this case would
a degree of certainty whether Arthur is guilty or not guilty
of this murder.
mount a cliam of
actual innocence--- most predicated
on procedural bars specifically designed to prevent
such a claim.
There is no moral or legitimate reason to deny this
quest for DNA testing
--- in Arthur’s case, the DNA results should be dispositive,
and if the DNA samples
do not match Arthur, an innocent’s life will be saved,
much to your credit;
if the results inculpate Arthur, it would quiet those who claim
that Arthur is innocent,
the law can take it course.
The risk to you as a human being, if you deny testing, is that you
would have a
explaining your inactivity at the Pearly Gate.
The buck stops with you; do you want be a governor who allows
a man to be
without looking avt potential evidence of innocence
due to procedural bars that were impossible meet?
G M Larkin MD