Former Texas prosecutor says you can't be too careful
Submitted by Emma on Mon, 10/25/2010 - 13:42.
As district attorney for San Antonio Sam Millsap prosecuted many capital murder cases that ended in execution. He was a strong supporter of the punishment until 2005 when in investigation into one of his prosecutions – the Ruben Cantu case – convinced him that this man who was executed might have been innocent. Now Millsap is weighing in on another Texas case. Hank Skinner is a death row inmate who says he can prove his innocence if only crime scene evidence were DNA tested. He’s been asking for years. The Supreme Court has finally taken up the question. The New York Times’ wrote an editorial in support of testing and Millsap chimed in with a letter to the editor . In it, he argues that when it comes to the death penalty, “we must take all available measures to uncover the truth.”