An op-ed in Sunday’s Birmingham News by Innocence Project Staff Attorney Jason Kreag lays out the argument for DNA testing in the case of Alabama death row prisoner Tommy Arthur.
The Innocence Project has consulted with Arthur’s attorneys on DNA matters in the case, and the state is again seeking an execution date without conducting thorough DNA testing that could prove Arthur’s innocence or guilt.
Once again, Tommy Arthur is about to receive an execution date. And once again, state Attorney General Troy King is standing in the way of DNA testing that could prove Arthur’s guilt or innocence.
It is a familiar — and troubling — series of events. Four times, Arthur has been scheduled to die, only to have a court step in and stop his execution. The state then spends weeks or months fighting efforts for DNA testing, and courts eventually set another execution date.
This time, the state attorney general wants everyone to believe that DNA testing has been conducted and that it somehow confirms Arthur’s guilt. That’s not true.
Read the full editorial here. (Birmingham News, 09/29/09)