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Wrongly Convicted Fort Worth Man gets State's First Posthumous Pardon (Died in Prison)
Star Telegram ^ | 2/28/2010 | ANNA M. TINSLEY

Posted on 03/01/2010 2:04:45 PM PST by Dallas59

More than a decade after he died in prison, Fort Worth’s Tim Cole – wrongly convicted of rape – finally received a pardon from the state.

Gov. Rick Perry sent out a statement saying that he gave Cole the state’s first posthumous pardon, saying he was innocent of the rape conviction that put him behind bars more than 25 years ago.

“I have been looking forward to the day I could tell Tim Cole’s mother that her son’s name has been cleared for a crime he did not commit,” Perry said in a written release. “The state of Texas cannot give back the time he spent in prison away from his loved ones, but today I was finally able to tell her we have cleared his name, and hope this brings a measure of peace to his family.”

This comes days after the state Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended that Perry issue the pardon.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: crime; pardon; prison; texas

1 posted on 03/01/2010 2:04:46 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Lots of innocent men in prison for rape.


2 posted on 03/01/2010 2:05:54 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Dallas59

Hmmmmmmm...that probly won’t cost the State of Texas too much....


3 posted on 03/01/2010 2:06:13 PM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: Dallas59

That is so sad! I wish our justice system was well more just. People that are truly guilty sometimes walk away with little punishment or walk altogether on a technicality and then this.


4 posted on 03/01/2010 2:09:43 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Lots of innocent men in prison for rape.

Yes, and the woman who ID'd him as the rapist should get at least 25 years (assuming she's still alive).
5 posted on 03/01/2010 2:10:22 PM PST by Signalman
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To: jessduntno

Sometimes a lawsuit needs to get filed.

If my wife/child/parent died in prison for a crime he or she did not commit, I’d be looking for a pound of flesh.


6 posted on 03/01/2010 2:12:20 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

All men: Never take the babysitter home by yourself... always take someone with you.


7 posted on 03/01/2010 2:14:19 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: Dallas59


CNN story



8 posted on 03/01/2010 2:14:58 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59

Poor man. This should never have happened.


9 posted on 03/01/2010 2:16:40 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Dallas59

I thought the meme was that the death penalty was wrong because we might execute an innocent man. That we needed life in prison without parole instead because that would be more humane to let a man die in prison...


10 posted on 03/01/2010 2:21:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Dallas59

There is quite a bit of other information out there about this situation. The guy was framed by a group of over zealous police officers and detectives. The actual rapist sent numerous confession letters to the authorities during a period of over ten years while the innocent man was still alive. The letters were ignored. It was not until the guilty man directly contacted Tim Cole’s mother that the family got an attorney to force the DNA testing that proved his innocence.


11 posted on 03/01/2010 2:24:00 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Dallas59

If he was wrongly convicted why did he get a pardon? Why didn’t they completely exonerate him?


12 posted on 03/01/2010 2:24:05 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Bobkk47

Of course she should not have. She acted in good faith. I would prefer holding the jury responsible more than the witnesses. That jury should be ashamed to the day the last one dies.

But the people of the state of Texas will pay and they should pay big time. This innocent man died in prison for lack of treatment. The state of Texas and every citizen of it should be ashamed.


13 posted on 03/01/2010 2:26:02 PM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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To: Bobkk47
She is still alive. Her name is Michelle Mallin. She admits to the false identification, citing poor light and pressure from the police. She worked with the Cole family to get Tim cleared.
14 posted on 03/01/2010 2:28:09 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: Dallas59
When does the state prosecute the person(s) who wrongly convicted the man?

Is there any consequence for that?

15 posted on 03/01/2010 2:29:26 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: TChris

We wouldn’t have any left if that happened./s


16 posted on 03/01/2010 2:35:46 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59
Every time I read a story like this it makes my blood boil. For I, too, was found guilty (in 1982) for a crime I didn't commit. It does happen... here it is decades later and reading similar stories continues to make my blood boil.

Still, the older I get the less painful it gets.

But dying in prison for a crime you didn't commit. There should be hell to pay.

17 posted on 03/01/2010 2:35:47 PM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: TChris

“Prosecutorial Immunity”

I learned of it in the MA Senate race.

Apparently the Democrat was the DA who championed all those “fake memory of child abuse” cases and put plenty of innocent fathers in prison -— a dream Democrat, in other words.


18 posted on 03/01/2010 2:36:57 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

That’s why we should not execute rapists (unless, of course, that crime accompanies murder.)

Waaaaaaay too many false accusations and legitimate accusations which are simply erroneous.


19 posted on 03/01/2010 2:43:00 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: fireman15

Isn’t it strange how the real rapist seems to have felt so much guilt over this but committed multiple rapes?

Maybe he values men but not women...I don’t know.

But it’s terrible. Tim Cole had asthma and the victim said the man was smoking constantly. Makes you want to hurt someone that they didn’t at least listen to the man WRITING IN for years to tell them Cole was innocent.


20 posted on 03/01/2010 2:46:54 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: pfflier
I'm not sure where the word "pardon" originally came from in this case. "Exonerated" would probably be better.

From the article:

Gov. Rick Perry sent out a statement saying that he gave Cole the state’s first posthumous pardon, saying he was innocent of the rape conviction...

21 posted on 03/01/2010 2:51:24 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Bobkk47
the woman who ID'd him as the rapist should get at least 25 years

Bad eyewitness ID of a suspect is a real issue. Bad police work makes it even worse, because if you show a witness a picture of the suspect, then ask the witness to to pick the suspect out of a lineup, there is a tendency to pick the guy whose picture you have seen before. Especially if the actual perp is not in the line up.

Texas has a very good system now -- when the police use it. A request is made to the Department of Public Safety, saying they want a photo line for suspect X. Assuming he/she has a drivers license photo, or ID photo, on file, the DPS creates a digital lineup sheet with X, and seven other people of the same age, sex, ethnicity, skin color, and hair. Since all the photos come from the Drivers License records, suspect X is not singled out because, for instance, his picture is the only mug shot in a lineup.

22 posted on 03/01/2010 3:01:06 PM PST by Pilsner
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To: pfflier
A pardon a Governor can do on his own initiative usually and quickly. It doesn't prevent further investigation clearing the man.
23 posted on 03/01/2010 3:03:15 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Skywalk

“Isn’t it strange how the real rapist seems to have felt so much guilt over this but committed multiple rapes?”

People tend to justify and rationalize their own actions. I would think that all serial rapists view women as sex objects and not fellow human beings. Statistically it is thought that 3 to 4 percent of men are sociopaths. A much higher percentage have some sociopathic tendancies.


24 posted on 03/01/2010 3:23:47 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: jessduntno

“Hmmmmmmm...that probly won’t cost the State of Texas too much....”

It should cost them a Hell of a lot.


25 posted on 03/01/2010 3:42:16 PM PST by hans56
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To: hans56

“Hmmmmmmm...that probly won’t cost the State of Texas too much....”

It should cost them a Hell of a lot.

Probly will...


26 posted on 03/01/2010 4:05:50 PM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: hans56

14 yrs at $80,000 per yr....a good chunk but still not enough...IMO. This young man lost more than money could ever buy and he can never be replaced. This is such a tragedy.


27 posted on 03/01/2010 5:18:43 PM PST by oldteen
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